URBN Hotels & Resorts is working together with Vanke – China’s largest residential real estate developer – to build what could be possibly be the most sustainable, green-operated hotel in all of Asia.
The new 20,000-square-meter, carbon-neutral boutique hotel is part of a larger project which will become a 200,000-square-meter commercial, retail and residential development in the Sanlin district of Pudong in Shanghai, China. URBN’s $46.7 million project will include 55 hotel rooms, 50 URBN serviced residences, and 4,500 square meters of dining, wellness and art spaces.
“The aim is to make this hotel go beyond sustainability…it will be the first positive-impact hotel in China,” says Jules Kwan, managing director of URBN Hotels & Resorts.
Vanke has engaged URBN Hotels & Resorts to bring its philosophy of inspiration, sustainability and connection to Vanke’s first hotel project. The two companies are working together with Fumihiko Maki, the world-acclaimed Japanese architect currently working on the United Nations building and World Trade Center Tower 4 in New York City, to design an innovative project with a strong commitment to sustainability throughout.
“We are delighted to be cooperating with such an experienced and forward-thinking developer,” says Amina Belouizdad, director of URBN Hotels & Resorts.
URBN Hotels & Resorts is renowned for its award-winning first property in Shanghai’s Jingan district. The boutique hotel brand has been recognized as one of China’s leading edge hotels; as China’s first carbon-neutral hotel, the property has won numerous accolades for its commitment to environmentally-friendly operational practices, use of recycled and reclaimed materials in construction, and support of the green movement through events such as the annual Eco Fair.
URBN Hotel Pudong will open in spring 2012.