ANDAZ HOTEL, BEIJING - In conceiving Andaz Beijing, we drew on themes of international and local culture. Developed around the idea of a Chinese urban dwelling, the design is structured around the transition from exterior to interior and the orchestration of public and private spaces within the hotel. The lobby is situated at the ground level and is entered through a residentially scaled door and vestibule. It opens onto a lounge that abuts the lake and park beyond. Offering amenities such as a pantry and library, its main level has the character of a gracious urban residence. One level up, six dining venues, ranging from pan Asian to Continental European, offer the guest options both in menu and intimacy. Three levels below the lobby are the spa, pool and meeting rooms with ballroom. The hotel rooms are similarly organized around the principle of separating inside from outside. The guest will pass through a discrete vestibule and enter into a bedroom that is simply outfitted with furnishings that derive their value from handsome craftsmanship and durability. The building and hotel are designed as high efficiency spaces utilizing environmentally friendly materials, energy conserving energy systems such as geothermal and sparing of water use.