Tianjin, China

Hotel Indigo

Housed in German-style villas, every guest room is unique with distinctive décor and local artwork that reflects Tianjin’s diverse history. The lobby pays homage to Tianjin as the birthplace of the country’s first postal service. The restaurant features European cuisine with local flavours and a boutique beer house, that serves craft beer and fine wine. An indoor swimming pool features a sky-view roof and five event spaces.

“The lobby pays homage to Tianjin as the birthplace of the country’s first postal service.”


Multicultural Convergence

Using the story of tradition and modernism converging together. Inspired by Dahua Cinema, the first luxury cinema in Tianjin that shows classical english films shot between the 1920s and 30s.

Diverse History

Building 1 & 11: Postage

Used as the main hotel public area, incorporating graphics of old stamps and post cards while using a mix of German and Chinese textiles, rugs and screenings.

Building 4: Cinema

Inspired by Dahua Cinema and the impression of a theatre in terms of a movie set or use of advertising.

Building 2: German Beer House

Vibrant and contemporary bar with a traditional German beer drinking environment with the use of natural materials.

Building 5: Transport

Use the imagery of old vehicles such as rickshaws, bicycles and other forms of Chinese travel devices before the introduction of cars and trucks.

Building 6: Money Mint

As Tianjin is the first Chinese city to produce money in coins and notes as a common currency, the inspiration is from the design of the coins and notes.

Building 3: Fashion

Combination of German, Chinese and European fashion – interesting and flamboyant theme and use of fabrics.

Building 7: The River

German buildings were used for commerce associated to the trade and activities of the river along with a clear, but warm and calm colour scheme.

Building 9: Maritime

Inspired by a maritime enthusiast  – use of timber planking, rope tie backs and artwork panels depicting maritime maps, ships and dockside views.

Building 10: European Luxury House

Use of flag stone bases, brick walls, shingle roofs, exposed beams and chimney stacks mixed with Chinese imagery and materials.

Building 8: Schools

Using traditional German interior – skirting boards, dado rails and ceiling coffers in black and white with accents of greens and terracotta.