Modern China embraces heritage

Director of Make Architects, Katy Ghahremani, joined us at our Future Cities Forum 2 to describe the growing awareness in China of the need to preserve heritage buildings alongside modern developments.

Katy, who has led an array of notable projects across a range of sectors, has been overseeing The Temple House - a new boutique hotel in Chengdu, China for Swire Hotels.

Three restaurants, event spaces, landscaped hills and courtyards plus an urban day spa and teahouse are all included in the hotel project which completed this year.

When Katy began the design, she says she was told she could pull down the old buildings on the site but after some discussions managed to save them and persuade the Chinese that they had value.

Katy has not been alone in her experience of this lack of interest in preserving the past.