The so-called “German Street” is a mixed-use development with focus on touristic and commercial functions, located in the heart of Changde in Hunan Province. The plot, incorporating an extensive river landscape park, extends between two bridges across the Chuanzi River. It is part of a bigger touristic development that stretches for more than two kilometres along the river which then flows into Liuye Lake with further tourist attractions.

The three buildings allow the hotel guests to experience a journey in time – both in architecture and interior design – through almost a century of German history and stylistic epochs: From the elegant Neo-Renaissance (around 1870), via the opulent Eclecticism (around 1900) to the exalted Expressionism (around 1930). The buildings’ names refer to typical …

The three buildings allow the hotel guests to experience a journey in time – both in architecture and interior design – through almost a century of German history and stylistic epochs:

From the elegant Neo-Renaissance (around 1870), via the opulent Eclecticism (around 1900) to the exalted Expressionism (around 1930).

The buildings’ names refer to typical features or important German personalities of their respective times: the peacock as symbol for luxury and elegance, the composer Johannes Brahms and the artist Otto Dix.

What can be clearly seen from the outside, in distinct architectural styles for each epoch, has been distilled and considered in abstraction in the interior design. A somehow German style and German story-telling makes it obvious to guests and users that this complex ensemble of buildings is united by one idea: which is to demonstrate the perseverance of German design qualities through time and through the turmoil of history.

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