Xpo Hotel Complex in Shanghai, China by John Portman & Associates is a unique approach to hospitality and retail. The project consists of four hotel brands including two convention hotel towers and two boutique hotels. The towers are sited on a large six-story podium featuring high-end retail, outdoor gardens and convention space. The volumetric design envelopes 3.2million sqft of space creating a city within a city with soaring skylights, rich material selections and scalable environments for pedestrians and hotel guests. The facades are comprised of semi-unitized window wall, aluminum rain screen cladding, stone rain screen cladding, glass sunshades and monumental skylights and canopies.
The hotels are joined together by an articulated ’platform’ to create a garden in the sky and an open public space at ground level where people can meet, shop and dine. Aspects such as building orientation, waste management, lighting, and material selection, among other factors make this complex a powerful statement for green design.