Originally built by a British missionary in 1863, the Astor Hotel in Tianjin is a treasured Chinese landmark. When the Astor joined the Starwood Luxury Collection, Champalimaud was appointed lead consultant and interior designer for a major renovation of its existing building as well as its new tower addition. Breathing new life into the guestrooms, suites, dining and public areas, we oversaw the successful integration of the historic building (now, the Astor Wing), with the new guestroom tower.
To unite these separate spaces, which as initially conceived, were to be connected only by a single corridor, Champalimaud designed a new atrium featuring a golden bar, dining areas, and pastry kiosk. Signature elements featured in the historic building now permeate the new spaces, seamlessly integrating a timeless, British style with modern construction and cutting-edge amenities. Meandering timber staircases, classic chandeliers, murals, plaques, and an array of memorabilia remind locals and international guests of the Astor's rich heritage and historic role as host to Prime Ministers, Presidents, and other world leaders.