The Temple House

Chengdu, China

The Temple House

No 81 Bitieshi Street,
Chengdu, China

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Setting: City,
Preferred Platinum


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The Temple House

The Temple House, Chengdu, the premium 100-room hotel opening in July 2015, inspires with its contemporary design and respect for Chengdu’s rich cultural traditions.

Designed by internationally-renowned MAKE Architects, The Temple House echoes Chengdu’s landscape and traditional architectural elements – including bamboo, timber, brick and stone – with an ultra-modern and highly individual aesthetic. Honouring the site’s heritage and cultural touchstones, the hotel incorporates a number of Chinese courtyards and historic buildings into the design.

The Temple House is an integral component of the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex comprising six historic buildings. To evoke a sense of history, guests enter The Temple House via a beautifully-restored Qing Dynasty heritage building at the corner of the site. A grand staircase then transports guests to a landscaped courtyard below. Embracing Chinese architectural traditions, the hotel adheres to a typical Siheyuan or ‘courtyard house’ design with a sequence of courtyard gardens bordered by two L-shaped medium rise buildings. One of these contains 100 hotel rooms, while the other is home to 42 serviced apartments.

The silk-producing Chengdu region is famous for its brocade weaves and designers drew inspiration from this traditional pattern. The hotel’s city-facing exterior façade replicates the brocade pattern with intricate fretwork interweaving brass elements within the brickwork.

The terraced farmlands surrounding The Temple House are also reflected in the hotel’s design. The grand staircase connecting the reception area to the courtyard resembles Sichuan’s steep hillsides while the courtyard’s undulating landscape mirrors the region’s rolling rice fields.

Katy Ghahremani, Make’s Lead Architect for the project, explains: “Our ambition for the hotel was to deliver a design in keeping with the project’s location and context. In this case, we have reflected the hotel’s heritage location by incorporating the original buildings into the design and introducing local themes such as terraced fields. It’s important to create a sense of place but also to integrate the design into the local community – so as to not to isolate it from its context.”

Intimate and inviting, the guest rooms’ dark timber façade is in contrast with the neutral, light interiors. Make Architects introduced a monochromatic palette of whites and light oak to create a serene but stylish urban retreat. Timber finishes and subtle textures add warmth to the scheme while custom-made furniture and traditional Chinese screens enhance the bespoke beauty.

The Temple House, Chengdu comprises 100 guest rooms and 42 private residences. Similar in their open-plan layout, the apartments include a separate kitchen.

New York-based design studio AvroKO collaborated with Swire Hotels to create The Temple House’s three food and beverage concepts. Drawing inspiration from the region’s landscape, history and former rulers, AvroKO oversaw the designs for The Temple Café, the all-day restaurant, Jing, the signature bar, and Tivano, the signature Italian restaurant and bar.

The Temple Café: Chengdu is historically referred to as the “land of abundance”. AvroKO referenced this descriptor in its design, adding a bountiful retail display, coffee bar and open kitchen. The design also includes subtle allusions to Chengdu’s role on the fabled Silk Road with vintage scales, measurements and brass weights blending into the display.

Jing: Chengdu has a long association with silk production and AvroKO pays tribute to this ancient commodity through materiality and intricate design details. Two towering chandeliers, designed to resemble ancient silk weaving looms, create a canopy of light above the main bar. Shimmering cast glass and brass wall sconces recall organic silkworm cocoons growing from glazed tile-clad columns.

The Silk Road narrative extends to the outdoor area. In the same way ancient travellers on the Silk Road would gather around a fire for comfort and community, a built-in fireplace has been incorporated into the horseshoe bar while steel and glass floor lanterns shed light on the surrounding greenery.

Tivano:  Unearthed artefacts dating back to 200 AD confirm Chengdu as the epicentre of the Bronze Age in China. Inspired by this, and coupled with the military history of the Three Kingdoms, AvroKO crafted a design narrative around armour. The layered and intricate detailing of ancient Chinese and Italian armour is reinterpreted in the lighting, furniture and screen details. 

The Temple House effortlessly blends elements of the Chengdu landscape, centuries-old traditions and contemporary style to create an holistic, and highly individual, design. A distinctive landmark on the local landscape, the new 100-room hotel reinforces Chengdu’s position as one of China’s key centres of finance and commerce.

Brian Williams, Managing Director of Swire Hotels, notes: “We want people to come to Chengdu and have a unique hotel experience, one they couldn’t have in Hong Kong or Beijing. The hotel is unique to Chengdu, and unique in Chengdu.”

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  • Newspaper
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Safe deposit box
  • Sauna
  • Security
  • Spa
  • Wakeup service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Full service housekeeping

2022 Virtuoso Rate Includes:

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Complimentary continental breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
• $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early Check-in/Late Check-out (subject to availability)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

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