LV Beijing Peninsula
PCE were responsible for full structural engineering services for the 140m2 three-level store expansion in this famous Beijing hotel. Records for past extensive alterations were difficult to obtain resulting in the need to in-depth site investigations to validate the existing conditions. A highlight of the project was the sensuously curved white stone-clad stair with full-height curved stone-clad backdrop wall and balustrade. The ground floor focus of the stair created a perfect setting for the sculpture ‘Divide’ by British artist Tony Cragg. A new basement stair was also a technical challenge due to very tight clearances and a lack of supporting structure due to previous alterations. PCE developed an innovative framework cantilevered from the only nearby circular column to support the basement stair at mid-span. Other work included a staff stair, feature façade and ancillary structural alterations.
|Louis Vuitton||Peninsula Hotel, Beijing, China||Eightsixthree||December 2013|