SB Architects Takes Aim at China Wine Boom With Luneng Wen’An Winery & Hotel

Beijing’s newest luxury getaway, Luneng Wen’An Winery & Hotel, celebrated its official opening in 2017. Set on an idyllic lakeside site south of the city, the resort includes two hotels and a full production winery. A contemporary take on a traditional agrarian wine country destination, this resort sits on 1,546 acres with a 58,000 square-meter 236-key hotel with 4,500 square meter of event and conference space, and a 5,910 square-meter winery.

“Amidst rapid growth in Chinese wine markets, Beijing is climbing the list to be one of the top wine producers in the world,” said Scott Lee, president of SB Architects. “Of the numerous wineries we have designed internationally, including several currently in the pipeline, and one not far from here, this marks the firm’s first winery-resort to open in China, and it’s a very exciting time for us to be involved in such a project.”

The classically-inspired resort provides a luxury experience bounded by views of the water, botanical gardens and the surrounding vineyards. Set upon an island in the middle of a 362-acre lake is the 400-key hotel, which exudes a sort of rustic sophistication. The hotel and its amenities, including a full-service spa and conference center, are solely accessible by bridges. At the opposite end of the lake, the winery is reminiscent of an elegant European chateau. Near the winery is the town center, a mixed-use village, which ranges from one to three stories, with street-front retail space and residences in the upper levels.

“We designed the resort to take a cue from the architecture language of wine destinations across Europe, from elegant French Chateaux to bucolic English hunting lodges, yet be completely unlike anything else – especially in this region,” said Lee. “While tying in inspiration from some of the most renowned wine countries around the globe, we intended to make this project one that truly puts this destination on the map, amidst what will surely be a growing number of wineries in the region.”

The resort’s design concept embraces the natural surroundings of the countryside and its scenic waterfront site. Overall, the landscape design celebrates the inherent beauty of each change of season. With the intention of providing a lavish, yet authentic wine-country experience, the hotel was crafted to be warm and approachable, with slate roofs, heavy timber, and a natural color scheme. To further enhance the atmosphere, the dense configuration of the town center is reminiscent of a European village, yet boasts its own, relaxed ambiance.

Brayton Hughes Design Studios is responsible for the hotel’s interior design.

SB Architects’ expansion into China is led by Senior Vice President Bruce Wright.