HBA Completes Final Ettore Sottsass Project


HBA’s cigar bar, with views of Nanjing’s forest. Image courtesy of HBA.

The industry lost an icon when designer Ettore Sottsass died in 2007, but his legacy lives on in this final project: the Sifang Collection wellness center in Nanjing, China. HBA has designed the interiors, which pay homage to Sottsass’s mastery of color and form.

Twenty guest rooms are included in the center, along with a full service spa, gym, pool, lounge and cigar bar, kids’ club, and retail environment.  “Bold shapes and colors,” says David T’Kint, partner, HBA, “are used to enhance the playful yet casually relaxed atmosphere.”

The Sifang Collection is located in a forest near Nanjing’s Foshou Lake, and includes an art museum designed by Steven Holl , a Liu Jiakun hotel, Arata Isozaki ’s conference center, and twenty private residences.

sottsass-Guestroom_Hires_120211_v2-copy.png Guest rooms by HBA and Ettore Sottsass at Sifan Collection wellness center in Nanjing, China. Image courtesy of HBA.

sottsass-Sifang-Pool-Area-Hires-Opt1.png The indoor pool and gym. Image courtesy of HBA.


A bathroom in the wellness center. Image courtesy of HBA.