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“Solar Christmas Tree” Installation




“Solar Christmas Tree”

Installation By Viessmann At The Opposite House



BEIJING (December 7, 2011) – The Opposite House in conjunction with Viessmann Heating Technology is pleased to present an innovative and sculptural Christmas tree created in the spirit of sustainability and the environment.


On display through January 9, 2012, the “solar tree” is constructed out of 105 reclaimed solar thermal vacuum tubes used to harness the energy of the sun. The Christmas tree is nearly 20 feet high and 13 feet wide at its base. A three-dimensional solar energy icon designed exclusively for Viessmann by German graphic artist, Karl Duschek, takes the place of the traditional star representing the potential of solar power. The tree is lit with energy efficient warm-white LED bulbs for a modern look.


Director of Marketing for Viessmann, Andreas Tank, remarks that “renewable energy sources play an important role in a sustainable global development, but during this festive season environmental consciousness seems to be set aside. The consideration of holiday consumption, energy-demanding decorations and the deforestation of trees worldwide gave inspiration to the idea of this tree.”


The Opposite House has other environmentally conscious touch-points like its paper-less check-in and check-out process, use of reclaimed wood along its corridors and natural light in the public spaces. This project “is more industrial than what we’ve done in the past. We wanted this year’s ‘non-tree’ tree to get visitors to reflect on their attitude towards sustainability during this holiday season; and working with Viessmann is a different approach to a shared value,” says General Manager, Anthony Ross. 


About Swire Hotels

Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a characterful experience for travellers who seek individuality, style and personalised service. The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, above Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in October 2009. Swire Hotels opened a 345-room lifestyle business hotel called EAST, Hong Kong in Hong Kong’s Island East, on 25 January 2010. EAST, Beijing with 369 rooms, located within INDIGO in Jiangtai, will open in 2012. Swire Hotels has launched a new collection of locally inspired and stylish hotels in the heart of great British towns and cities called Chapter Hotels. The first hotel in the collection, The Montpellier Chapter, opened on the 29th November in Cheltenham. The second Chapter hotel will open in Exeter in 2012.


About The Opposite House

The Opposite House is located in Sanlitun Village—a vibrant new open-plan shopping, dining and entertainment destination developed by
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