Le Meridien — Zhengzhou, China
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Rising elegantly above the urban chaos of Zhengzhou, in China's Henan province, this 25-storey steel and glass structure is home to the new Le Méridien hotel. Shanghai-based architecture and design firm Neri & Hu has transformed the concrete shell into an angular tower of irregular, stacked boxes that cantilever, seemingly haphazardly. The interior design enhances the soaring heights and open views. The 350-room space is built around a central four-storey atrium inspired by the nearby Longmen Caves (where Buddhist art is carved into limestone). It combines sandstone and walnut with green-tinted recessed windows that link to other public spaces. Elsewhere, mirror-ceiling corridors and bespoke chandeliers add to the visual stimulation.

Mirror-ceiling corridors and bespoke chandeliers

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Central four-storey atrium

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The interior design enhances the soaring heights and open views

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The interior design of luxury Bedroom

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Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.