Intercity Hotel in China Inherits the German DNA "Less is More"

Intercity Hotel originated from "Deutsche Hospitality," one of the most famous hotel groups in Europe, it is a business hotel brand seen in major subway stations and transportation hubs. Intercity Hotel's arrival in busy Chinese cities requires adaptation to China's bustling business trips, as well as coping with more intensive and cumbersome business flows. As a German brand, the new hotel is beyond simple brand transfer, with major changes in culture and geography. Therefore, it was necessary to "translate" differences in living habits in order to meet the needs of domestic business travelers. 


Meeting and public area. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

Extreme Business

The hotel maximize the "business functions" to create "extreme business," which is the difference reflected in the many hotel choices of Intercity Hotels characteristics.


he dining area can also quickly transfer to the intermittent office; the partition can adjust the number of seats. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

"Time" is the most critical point for business travelers, and the efficient completion of each link is the actual behavior of smooth connection in business travel. Visually, the hint of "time" confirms the sense of security of business travelers, removes the overly sensible cold tone, and embraces every tired soul in the struggle; it is a warm light brown tone.


Images of endangered animals provide a bit of life and arouse our attention to the environment. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan


Hotel Lobby: The combined screen clearly shows the times and local information. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

"Less is More" is the refined aesthetics approach proposed by German modernist architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The design of Intercity Hotel inherits that German DNA, with practical and refined functionality and a perfectly sensible interpretation of elegant German aesthetics.


Elevator hall. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

"Efficiency," the omnipresent meeting scene, fits the pursuit of "efficiency" and adapts to frequent and immediate domestic business activities. But both firm and gentle coverings soften every strong business negotiation.


Meeting and public area. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

Returning to private spaces, the guest rooms are extremely functional (Washing zone → Rest and entertainment zone → Work zone). Comfort is still a priority, and not just for business customers. The design focuses on every detail to pursue the perfect and meticulous, in order to provide guests with a restful experience that refreshes them for another day ahead.


Standard. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan


Single gym space, without disturb. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

Intercity Hotel is positioned for "extreme business," but the design team also incorporates the sensual and tolerant. After simplifying and removing unnecessary interference, it gently removes the defensive armor of every business traveler and offers the most essential physical and mental needs with peace of mind.


Suite. Photo credit: Wu Jian Quan

About Vermilion Zhou Design Group

Vermilion Zhou Design Group was founded in Shanghai in 2002 by Kuang Ming (Ray)Chou (Founder / Creative Director) and Vera Chu (Founder / Lighting Design Director). In 2009, Garvin Hung (Interior Design Director) joined the team, and Vermilion Zhou Design Group has now completed more than 800 projects across the Asia-Pacific region. The creative team has provided services to a variety of clients for public spaces, residential spaces, and commercial spaces such as hotels, offices, and restaurants.

The Vermilion Zhou Design Group team is comprised of creative minds with backgrounds in architecture, interior design, lighting, graphic arts, and product design, combining multiple expertise in order to gain different perspectives on each project, and to strike a delicate balance between function and aesthetics. The firm's ultimate goal is to succeed in creating highly functional designs that take people on joyful and exquisite journeys.