This modern hotel in Urumqi, China references the Silk Road

The Silk Road continues to fuel the imagination, evoking rich palettes and textures. Today, the latest Hilton hotel in China, the Conrad Urumqi, offers its own nod to the historic trade route that once ran through Xinjiang.

To start, the Toronto team D’Lab Studio, who has over a decade of experience working on projects in the area, delved into local history and architecture to create the modern hotel. “The hotel’s color scheme is inspired by the historic architecture and nature of the vast desert landscape of Urumqi/Xinjiang, as well as the bright blue sky, snow-capped mountains and greenery,” says CY Lam , partner and design director of the company.

A water feature in the sky lobby, designed as an interior courtyard with layers of silky lines above, provides a contrast to the generally dry climate beyond the hotel’s walls. Meanwhile, rooms feature patterned screens and warm finishes that reflect cultural motifs. Not to mention, plenty of natural light – there are even windows in the restrooms – allowing guests to experience the city’s past and present from every angle.

Metallic finishes and solid floor patterns in the Sky Lobby create a strong visual impact.
Guests are immediately greeted by an array of patterns in the hotel’s sky lobby.
A hallway in a peach shade.
A hallway invites guests to explore a seemingly endless path.
The living room reflects the rich hues of the spices transported along the Silk Road.
The living room reflects the rich hues of the spices transported along the Silk Road.
The public bar resembles an outdoor veranda with bold blue and green hues.
The public bar resembles an outdoor veranda with bold blue and green hues.
Rooms have patterned screens and warm finishes
The rooms have a backlit headboard and a carpet with patterns inspired by the local culture.
The bathrooms have windows that let in natural light.
The bathrooms have windows that let in natural light.

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