Four Seasons to debut Taiwan property in shadow of iconic Taipei 101 landmark

21 February, 2023

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Yuan Lih Construction Co, a developer that is part of Taipei-based Yuan Lih Group, have announced plans for a new luxury hotel in the heart of Taiwan's capital.

Four Seasons Hotel Taipei will be located in the Xinyi District, directly opposite to Taipei 101, one of the most iconic skyscrapers in Asia and one of the tallest towers in the world. Construction of the new Hotel is already underway, and is anticipated to be complete in a few years' time.

Taipei 101 is one of the top tourist attractions in the city and is home to high-end shopping, art galleries, and offices as well as the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation and other major banks and organisations.

This location will ensure the new property for business and leisure travel alike. It will offer "the very best in events, wellness, and leisure with myriad amenities" throughout the 31-storey building, according to Four Seasons. The tower has been designed to maximise natural light by creating spacious environments with soaring ceilings and expansive windows, providing cityscape and mountain views.

Taipei has long been a target for luxury property brand

Taipei has long been a target destination for Four Seasons as it looks to expand its presence in Asia's most important cities, according to Bart Carnahan, president, global business development and portfolio management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

"This project will be a destination of choice in Taipei for both locals and travellers, combining thoughtful design, world-class restaurants and bars, and of course personalized service by incredible Four Seasons people," he adds.

New property will house 260 rooms with city and mountain views

The Hotel will feature approximately 260 light-filled rooms with both city and mountain views. Dining venues at the Hotel will include a high-end Chinese restaurant, destination bar, specialty restaurant, all-day restaurant, pool bar and lobby lounge.

Surrounded by expansive glass panelling on both sides of the tower, the highest floors will offer wraparound views of the city and mountain ranges on the horizon. The floor-to-ceiling design allows guests to look out across the cityscape, as well as up at the incredible presence of Taipei 101.

Sustainability drive targets Taiwan Green Building Rating Gold and a minimum LEED silver

The global architectural practice RSHP has been selected to design the new property. The company comes with a pedigree and experience working on projects in office space, residential, transport, culture, and leisure, with a focus on sustainable, innovative design.

Through three significant outward facing spatial gestures across its elevation, the hotel will embrace the immediate public realm at street level, the rapidly growing Xinyi District at mid-level and Taipei's iconic mountain setting at its peak. These will create "a landmark building that is very much of its place," says Ivan Harbour, senior design partner, RSHP.

"With a focus on guest experience and wellbeing, the team has carefully orchestrated the interactions between the Hotel and its surroundings. Every journey and every space will have its own moment," he explains.

From an efficient structure to supporting biodiversity with local vegetation species, the building design targets Taiwan Green Building Rating Gold and a minimum LEED silver.

Extensive meeting and event space among amenities planned

The 180 metre (591 foot) tall hotel will also feature an executive club lounge, fitness centre with an outdoor pool and spa. In addition, the property will offer extensive meeting and event spaces, including a grand ballroom and a junior ballroom that will benefit from the same high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass panels on offer throughout the building. Ground level lush garden space will also be available for meetings and events.