Conrad Hotel in Beijing

The construction for Conrad Hotel by MAD architects in Beijing, China, is nearing completion. Scheduled to open in 2012, the venue will contain 300 guest rooms, recreational facilities, restaurants, a rooftop bar and spa.

Conrad Hotel in Beijing



Although the complex is within close proximity to the lively pedestrian shopping boulevard, the immediate surroundings of the central business district are a conglomeration of mundane office buildings whose exteriors are lined with a grid of curtain wall windows.

Conrad Hotel in Beijing

MAD’s Conrad Hotel is a catalyst, a beneficent virus introduced to subvert the urban grid and revitalize Beijing’s central business district. The façade element, which looks like nervous tissue, is planted into a simple cubic. It is a digital toxin that infects and transforms the surface into an organic envelope. The window pattern is disrupted, its rhythm heightened and warped. The mass of the building melts away in a gradual slope to the entrance; it is a gesture of inclusivity, a form which invites entry and cultivates a relationship to the streets around it.

If architecture speaks to the evolution and energy of a city, Conrad Hotel’s aesthetic form has far-reaching implications for Beijing. It intrudes upon the redundancy of the grid to a new course for city life. It is a new species of architecture that demands interaction and breathes new life into the heart of the city.



Location: Beijing, China
Typology: hotel
Site Area: 7,779 sqm
Building Area: 56,994 sqm
Building Height: 106 m

MAD architects