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A Tower Design with Distinctive Day and Night Appeal

Topwin Center & InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun
Beijing, China

Situated in the Sanlitun district, a trendy cultural and creative hub of Beijing, the InterContinental Sanlitun distinguishes itself as a modern landmark.

The project includes a 305-key InterContinental Hotel, 48 luxury apartments and a 430,555-sq.-ft. boutique retail mall.

Challenged by a narrow site, HOK designers drafted a tapered silhouette at the two ends of the tower with a linear silhouette at the building’s core. The resulting form creates a dramatic exterior that offers uninterrupted panoramic views for hotel guests.

The hotel’s facade features a hexagon-patterned steel structure integrated with LED lights that give the tower a distinctive honeycombed texture by day. At night, the building’s skin comes alive to create mesmerizing light shows.

Located within the hotel’s linear massing, the hotel’s guestrooms face stunning views of the Forbidden City and Beijing’s financial district to the west and its vibrant local cultural district in the east. Suites on the north and south ends of the building feature a triangular floor arrangement that offers 270-degree, panoramic city views. The dramatic hotel entrance boasts one of Beijing’s largest revolving doors as a grand entry into the lobby. The hotel restaurant’s patio allows diners to experience the neighborhood’s hustle and bustle.

To keep traffic flows distinct within the building, the design team created separate entrances for retail, hotel and residential users. The four basement floors incorporate guest parking, storage, mechanical systems, staff training rooms and other operational functions. Separate lifts for servicing the kitchen and other staff ensure efficient service and user flow.

To enhance sustainability, the building uses materials designed to reduce energy consumption by minimizing solar heat gain and glare.


1,323,960 sq. ft. / 123,000 sq. m.




AIA Hong Kong Chapter – Honor Award for Architecture


15 March 2018
“Topwin Center & InterContinental in Beijing”

13 November 2017
“Topwin Center and InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun Wins AIA Hong Kong Honor Award”
HOK News