International hotelier Four Seasons has opened a 33-floor luxury hotel (5 star plus rating) at the top of the Guangzhou International Finance Center (Guangzhou IFC) in China, marking the final completion of the award winning 440m skyscraper designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects with engineers, Arup. Rising 103 storeys above the Pearl River, the Four Seasons Guangzhou occupies the top third of the new Guangzhou IFC. Arranged around a breathtaking full-height atrium, itself taller than St Paul's Cathedral in London or the Statue of Liberty in New York, the 344 luxurious guest rooms and suites are among the most modern and spacious in the city, with unrivalled views of the Pearl River. Interior designer Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) worked with the full potential of Wilkinson Eyre's design. The building's floor to ceiling windows make for light-filled spaces and create extraordinary panoramic views for the hotel's stylish restaurants, bars and guest rooms. The atrium balconies have been sculpted by Wilkinson Eyre so that when viewed from the atrium they recall the building's diamond shaped steel "diagrid" structure. This is accented at night by futuristic lighting design which artistically illuminates the handrails throughout the atrium.
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