Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation – A guided tour of the ‘Preserving Hua Shan 1950’
Hotel Theme Design Highlight
1. Architectural History
One of the unique aspects of the hotel is the historical significance of its architecture. The slab and column concrete architecture does not use beams, only columns to support the structural weight. Such architectural design is simple, elegant, and allows the optimal flow of light and air. The beamless design also affords greater freedom in the design of the interior space, which can be used as a warehouse, a mall or a storage facility.
The columns of the slab and column concrete architecture have capitals to help bear the weight of the structure. There are three types of capitals: Doric, Iconic and Corinthian, and they are usually half the thickness of the slab. Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation has Greek Doric capitals, which are simple and elegant, and are wholly preserved during hotel renovation to showcase the unique architectural characteristics.
2. Exterior Iron Grilles
Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation was formerly a warehouse for the First Commercial Bank, and it also housed the stock trading company for the same bank. Because it housed a bank vault in the old days, all the windows of the building have double iron grilles for security, which can only open from the inside. The building also comes with the original vents specially designed for airflow. All of these historic details were preserved during hotel renovation as witness to its past.
3. Arched entrance and pebble concrete flooring
The tower area within the Hua Shan 1914 Creative Park is a designated historical site with unique architectural characteristics of arched windows and pebble concrete exterior, and was formerly used for rice wine fermentation. Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation incorporated these historical elements into its design concept by highlighting the matching arched doors with pebble concrete flooring as the first impression upon entrance.
4. Lobby art wall exhibition, with art show info in guest rooms
Because of its proximity to the Hua Shan 1914 Creative Park, Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation aims to incorporate the art and cultural elements into its very design by preserving the original beamless architectural structure, while designating the lobby wall as the future space for art exhibitions. Currently, new shows are planned every 2 to 3 months, and periodic workshops are held with displaying artists. Art show information is also displayed on guest room walls, so the guests can immerse themselves in the rich cultural aspect of the Hua Shan area.
The opening exhibition is of works by photography Wei-Ming Ruan, a retired associate professor from the Department of Architecture at Dong Hai University. With years of observation through an expert eye, Mr. Ruan presents a romantic view of the spirit of urban architecture and its spatial aesthetics.
5. Vault door on the first floor, small vault in staircase leading up to the second floor
As a former warehouse of the First Commercial Bank and the office of a stock trading company, the Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation hotel site housed a large vault on the second floor, as well as a smaller vault in the first to second floor staircase for easy access. These vaults date back to nearly 70 years, and are preserved during hotel renovation for their historical significance. The large vault door is relocated to the ground floor with added details of shelving and gold bricks, and has become a popular photo backdrop.
6. Credit card style room key, Hua Shan Din gold coin, bank vault handle, key shaped ‘Do no disturb’ sign, check style memo pad, bookkeeping style memo pad
As a result of its banking past, the hotel is aiming to provide a unique ‘hotel + banking’ themed experience by offering a variety of practical designs, such as room keys that resemble credit cards, the Hua Shan Din gold coin, the in-room ‘Preserving Hua Shan 1950’ gold mugs for guest use, bank vault door handles, key shaped ‘Do no disturb’ sign, check style memo pads, bookkeeping style memo pads, gold bricks, etc.
As part of the hotel stay experience, guests will receive a unique credit card shaped room key upon check-in, as well as ‘Hua Shan Din cold coins’ according to room type and number of guests. The gold coins must be deposited into a special wine barrel in the morning for breakfast, and the hostess will then place a gold brick on your table to reserve your seats.
The tough looking Baobby is full of thoughtful consideration as he collects the precious memories of the journey for each traveler.
Bobi, the hotel mascot, comes in 3 different colors: dark green, pink, and pastel yellow. It can be spotted throughout the hotel in different shapes and styles. On the mascot, you will find 10 different year entries, each represents a milestone in the evolution of the hotel group:
1914: The first production of the ‘Butterfly Orchid Sake’ in Hua Shan
1922: Taipei addresses adopted the use of Japanese ‘Ding’
1946: The First Commercial Bank became one of the three major public banks that helped to restore the economy
1950: Marked as the year for Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation’s design theme, ‘Preserving Hua Shan 1950’
1952: The First Commercial Bank constructed its Taipei warehouse on the current hotel site
1979: Cosmos Hotel grand opening, the first hotel under the Cosmos Hotels and Resorts Group
1997: The Jing-Zhi Theater Club performed in Hua Shan, which pushed the art society to re-utilize the Taipei Brewery site.
1999: The ‘Hua Shan Special Art Zone’ was officially designated
2016: Birth of the Cosmos Creation brand
2018: Grand opening of Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation
8. Hua Shan Din Cafe x Bar restaurant with retro English pub style
Because Hua Shan Creative Park was formerly a Sake distillery during Japanese occupation, Hua Shan Din Cafe x Bar ’s design concept followed closely to its roots. Its decor is in the style of a retro English pub, and it offers unique cocktail options using base liquor steeped in the island’s indigenous fruits, such as the ‘Fragrant Mojito’ served in a Japanese style rice bowl. Hua Shan Din Cafe x Bar also offers a spectacular view of the building’s unique architecture of 4 fee high exposed ceiling with plain funnel topped beans.
9. Unique guest room furniture design that incorporates the hotel name’s Chinese characters
The hotel name’s Chinese characters of Hua Shan Din are cleverly deconstructed and incorporated into guest room designs. Look closely, and you will find the desk area displays the ‘Hua’ character lines, the ‘Shan’ character above the TV set, and the ‘Ding’ character displayed over the open closet with the safe placed in the spot of the ‘field’ radical within the character.
10. The staircase and hallway furniture on the second and the third floors
Reflecting the Hua Shan Din by Cosmos Creation logo of paper-cut effect, the furniture in the hotel’s public area follows a similar design concept, with straight lines and right angles to construct a uniform style throughout the interior. Along with hotel mascot Bobi, every corner provides a perfect backdrop for a memorable snap.