ArchitectureBanyan Tree Hangzhou was designed by Architrave Design and Planning, the in-house architecture arm of Banyan Tree. Established in 1990, Architrave imbues each and every Banyan Tree with a unique sense of place, incorporating traditional elements of the destination with contemporary modern-day comforts. Its ingenious Asian-fusion influence and eco-friendly approach has won Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts several awards including the President of Maldives Green Resort Award, the Grand Award for Environmental Programme from Pacific Asia Travel Association, Design for Asia Grand Award 2006, Gold Key Award 2006, and Best Suite & Design Hotel. The resort is built by Zhejiang First Construction Company, which is renowned in China and a recipient of numerous construction-related awards.
Banyan Tree Hangzhou comprises 36 water terraces and 36 villas that are the most spacious to be found in Hangzhou. The resort is designed in Jiang Nan style, giving an authentic sense of place and priceless tranquillity. The Jiang Nan architectural style is reflective of the traditional buildings in the South-eastern area of the Changjiang River – Zhejiang, Jiangsu and An Hui provinces – which have a distinctive look with slate grey tiled roofs and ivory walls.
Starting from 120 square metres, each water terrace or villa reflects both the hallmarks of oriental design as well as contemporary amenities within a chic living space. The interiors are replete with dark wood floors, delicately carved furnishings and accented by splashes of vivid silk brocades, embroidered fabrics and detailed tapestries.