Loved for its contemporary yet impactful architecture—from the shimmering glass exterior to the light-filled spaces, The Opposite House in Beijing is one of the China city’s most striking properties. Fresh from refurbishment, the property is now ready to welcome guests with a new lobby, a gallery space, as well as three new dining and drinking venues.
Located in the chic Sanlitun neighbourhood, The Opposite House is the first of The House Collective by Swire Hotels. Taking pride of place as the brand’s “House of Art”, the property has been redesigned to showcase art pieces that combine a contemporary aesthetic with Chinese traditions drawn from Beijing’s bustling culture and energy.
Building upon the House’s original design by acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in 2008, the new lobby features Kendo’s “Origami” installation—a suspended structure crafted from acrylic plates and metal frames to manipulate light into various textures and shapes as it streams in. The lobby also melds into the Atrium, a gallery space that will showcase new curations throughout the year, including works from Chinese and international artists.
Accompanying the hotel’s Michelin-starred Jing Yaa Tang are newly opened dining and bar concepts Union, a modern-day salon and bar concept; Superfly, a new casual Sichuan bar and restaurant; as well as Frasca, a trattoria serving classic Italian dishes. Inspired by 1920s modernism, Union features a copper Expo wall display and DJ booths, setting the scene for crafted cocktails featuring both local and Mediterranean flavours.
Meanwhile, Superfly takes its cue from Sichuan’s buzzy “fly restaurants”—casual eateries known for their specialty food. Diners can expect to enjoy Sichuan-style comfort food, along with craft beers created in partnership with Beijing craft brewery Great Leap Brewing. Highlights include reinventions of nostalgic Chinese childhood beverages, such as the Arctic Ocean Soda and Salty Lime Seven. At Frasca, guests can savour Chef Marino D’Antonio’s regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic flavours and carefully-sourced ingredients.
With art at the heart of the property, there’s also Commune, a brand new arts and events space featuring a gallery, studio, as well as a “sunken garden.” Future plans include pop-up, corporate, ands social events.
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