Modern elegance defines HBA’s design for the hotel’s interior, which meets the needs and expectations of business travellers and holidaymakers alike. Contemporary design goes hand in hand with elegant cultural artefacts and works by regional artists. The rooms sport a stylish modern design featuring plenty of daylight and a colour scheme based on gentle shades of blue, reflecting the shimmering water that can be seen through the windows. The elegant and spacious bathrooms are appointed with the exquisite washbasins of the Tube and Loop&Friends ranges and the toilets from the Architectura collection.

A specially developed active exterior façade provides the basis for the project’s sustainability concept. The building’s transparent envelope makes optimum use of the available daylight and reduces the need for artificial illumination.

The fixed diagonal sunshading helps to lower cooling loads without restricting the sweeping views of Qianhai Bay and the Pearl River delta. The overall concept centres on energy efficiency and compliance with sustainable infrastructure requirements. All relevant energy efficiency standards for public buildings have received due consideration. Gordon Beckman, AIA-Design-Direktor for John Portman & Associates: "With its curvature and its geometry, the project’s master plan takes up the special aspects of the concept, the location and the climate. In this context, the façade embodies a perfect composition of transparency and sunshading. The three elements – hotel, residential units and function rooms – enclose an inner waterscape, establishing a link with the undulating waves of the nearby South China Sea."