Foster and Hadid build Dubai-style hotels in China

The Jumeirah Group plans suite of resorts designed by Pritzker laureates
Jumeirah Wuhan by Foster + Partners
Jumeirah Wuhan by Foster + Partners

It’s testament to London’s creative prowess that, when a Middle-Eastern luxury hotel group plans to expand into East Asia, it still calls on the British capital’s foremost architectural practices.

A few days ago the Dubai-based luxury hotel group, Jumeirah, unveiled its plans for three new upscale developments in the People's Republic of China.

Foster + Partners has worked on Jumeirah Wuhan, an urban development for the biggest city in central China. This mixed-use building will include office, retail and residential units, as well as 200 guest rooms, all-day dining, speciality restaurants, a pool, a spa, an executive club and a business centre, and is due to open in 2020.


Jumeirah Nanjing by Zaha Hadid
Jumeirah Nanjing by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid’s practice, meanwhile, should see their development, the Jumeirah Nanjing, open in 2016. It’s another mixed-use building, with a 25-room hotel, a ballroom, club, fitness centre, pool and spa in China's former capital, about 300km west of Shanghai.

Jumeirah are also planning a golf resort, the Jumeirah Haikou Resort, on a private island just off China’s south coast, which the hospitality group says is known as the ‘Hawaii of China.’ This complex, consisting of 60 villas and a 140 room hotel, has been designed by the Malaysian resort specialists Denniston International.


Jumeirah Haikou resort by  Denniston International
Jumeirah Haikou resort by Denniston International

To learn more about these practices and their work, take a look at Foster + Partners page and Zaha Hadid’s in The Phaidon Atlas, our peerless architectural resource. You can sign up for a free trial here.

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