Rocking Around The Christmas Tree: The Opposite House
December 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM
All this week we'll be rocking around the Hotel Christmas Tree near and far to see how hotels are ringing in the holidays. So grab your eggnog, put on the Mariah Carey Christmas album (you know you own it) and come virtually admire these hotel Christmas trees with us!
The Opposite House in Chaoyang District of Beijing has done the opposite of a traditional Christmas tree with their
“Solar Christmas Tree," an installation done in conjunction with Viessman Heating Technology.
The nearly 20-foot tall Christmas "tree" is actually made out of 105 reclaimed solar thermal vacuum tubes that are used to harness the energy of the sun. German graphic artist, Karl, Duschek, did the star atop the tree which is a three-dimensional solar energy icon. The tree is lit by using warm-white LED bulbs, energy-efficient of course.
But focusing on sustainability and energy conservation is not just a seasonal thing for the Opposite House. The hotel has a paperless check-in process, there is much use of reclaimed wood along its hallway corridors, the restaurants try to use local ingredients where possible and the lobby is awash in natural light. And even though the dark lighting amongst the guestroom floors are probably done by design, we bet that doesn't hurt their energy efficient goals either.
The Opposite House's Solar Tree will be on display until January 9. Wanna check out the tree and other interesting design features inside and outside the hotel? Rates start at at $293 a night this weekend.
Disclosure: HotelChatter recently stayed at The Opposite House on a media rate but all views expressed here are our own.