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Emperor Hotel & Spa


Designed by Adam Sokol Architecture Practice pllc
Photos by Jonathan Leijonhufvud Architectural Photography

The Emperor Beijing is a boutique, 5 star hotel located near Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. The design is both traditional and contemporary, with each of its 56 rooms exclusively designed to provide a unique experience for guests. The hotel offers a basement and rooftop bar, restaurants, shopping, a fitness centre, a massage room, rooftop pool, as well as other amenities.

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The Emperor Hotel lighting design enhances the visitor's emotional experience. From the spa below ground to Beijing's largest hotel roof bar above, the lighting blends with a diversity of unique architecture spaces. As all main spaces have different design approaches the lighting treatment had to be unique to each location. Subtle warm lighting with low contrast ratios was used to create calm environments and vivid colors with high contrast rations were used to induce emotional responses. Dimming, programmed flicker and colour changing effects were also used to simulate movement and different weather conditions.


Beijing, China

Gross Floor Area

  • 76,500 sq ft

Completion Year



2014 IES Illumination - International Award of Merit

2014 IES Illumination -Toronto Section Award

2014 American Institute of Architects, Buffalo/Western New York Chapter - Design Award for Commercial Architecture

2015 American Institute of Architects, New York State Citation Award, Commercial/Industrial - Large Architecture