[photopress:communeGreatwall.jpg,full,alignright]The Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is in the Shuiguan Mountains, about an hour’s drive from Beijing.
Originally the Commune was a collection of villas which show-cased the talents of a dozen Asian architects. The Commune was both a boutique hotel and, in a sense, an architectural museum.
The owner, Zhang Xin, won a special award at the 2002 Biennale di Venezia for an individual patron of architectural works.
Kempinski Hotels took over the hotel in 2005 and have since built an additional 21 villas with 191 new rooms. The new villas have views of The Great Wall and each one is a replica of one of four of the original designs: The Bamboo House, Cantilever House, Shared House and Forest House.
The interior is full of beautiful modern furniture designed by top designers such as Philippe Starck and Karim Rashid. The hotel also now has a spa with 15 suites that offer partial views of the Great Wall.
There’s also a Club House that houses a courtyard restaurant, a gallery, a cinema plus a library attired in purple and peacock feathers.
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