At the same time, this arrangement resulted in residential-scaled framed' windows on the interior.
The circle is also repeated in a metal sunshade screen which helps unite the facade into a singular expression limiting the effects variously pulled or drawn drapes have on the building's overall look.
As the hotel's views aren't particularly scenic, the architects instead designed it with an arresting, welcoming internal space. At ground level, gold' pods are a feature of the interior spaces.
"The open-plan ground floor contains the social areas of the hotel, and can be used as a public space for functions," says Vivian.
"The stand-alone pods are designed to reference the main geometry theme of the building and enclose specific functions such as reception, administration, the kitchen, and various meeting rooms."
Bar and lounge areas take centre stage in the atrium while the restaurant and fireplace are located on the perimeter for views. Lowered ceilings and rod screens in these areas provide intimacy, while maintaining connection with the main space.
However, the main focus of the interior is the circular atrium space that climbs right up through the building uniting the guest rooms on the different levels of the hotel.
Achieving an effect a little like the interior of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, white circular balustrades are contrasted with darkened circulation spaces. The latter read as black negative spaces from the lobby floor and the effect, a little like a giant curling ribbon, is dramatic.