The Temple Hotel — Beijing, China
Beijing has a reputation for tearing down its past. But the eight-room Temple Hotel near the Forbidden City is a rare survivor. Once a Qing Dynasty temple, it was turned into a factory by the Community Party before falling into disuse. It has now been renovated by Belgian investment banker Juan van Wassenhove and Chinese partners Lin Fan and Li Chow, who reused original wood and tiles where possible and consulted the Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage to ensure authenticity. The complex features event spaces, an art gallery and a restaurant. But we’re most excited about the hotel and its mix of temple-inspired architecture and contemporary elements by Ingo Maurer, Sandeep Sangaru, Harrison Liu and Hermès brand Shang Xia.