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GOA:  Resort hotel as a place, like a “utopia” outside of “daily life”, it will carry idealized images of life. Benefit from the relatively free spatial state of the “village-style” layout, the architects imagined the resort life of the mountain dwelling in this place.


▽项目视频 Video


山水 | 地域的特色与挑战  Landscape | geographical features and challenges


Located on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Xiang Lake is named for the poem ” the mountain is beautiful and sparse, the water is clear and deep, and the scenery is better than Xiaoxiang “. Its scenery has a little more rustic charm and elegance of countryside than the West Lake. The resort hotel is located in a valley in the northwest corner of Xiang Lake, and enjoys a natural tranquility within a short distance of the main lake.


▽酒店位于狭长山谷及内湖景色之中 The hotel is located in the narrow valley and the scenery of the inner lake




As a large resort hotel, the manor covers complete accommodation, catering, banquets, leisure and children’s entertainment and other five-star service functions, with 318 total rooms. A large number of service facilities went beyond the domestic general high-end resort hotel requirements, and achieve the international top industry configuration. However, relative to the above volume requirements, the site form is not ideal. With steep foothills and narrow plots of land, there is not enough real estate to build on.

There are contradictions and tension between “Long Valley” and “Grand Hotel”. How to integrate the detailed and complex contents into the strict terrain conditions?


▽地形分析 Terrain Analysis


场景 | 村落的还原与重塑  Scene | reduction and remodeling of village


The regional characteristics of “seven mountains, two rivers and one field” in Zhejiang soon became an association object. Based on the systematic study of mountain villages such as Nanxi River Ancient Village and Lijiang Baoshan Stone Town, the architect made an overall planning of the 113,000 square meters site from topography to foundation to architecture. Finally, under the design strategy of breaking the whole into parts, the hotel is presented as a mountain village composed of many small volumes. The whole project establishes a complete and organic elevation system along the mountain, with the mountain stream as the east-west vein and the hillside as the south-north vein, forming a delicate and rich mountain community experience.


▽最初草图:建筑均布,视线相对干扰 Initial sketch: the buildings are evenly distributed, and the line of sight is relatively disturbing

▽ 最终方案:南麓留白,视线开阔 The final plan: leave the southern foot blank and have a broad view



In the layout process, the overall planning of the line of sight plays an important role. The architects did not choose to spread the buildings all over the site, but left a large section of the southern foot of the mountain blank. The vacated southern foothill scenery becomes a pure natural landscape counterview.


▽模型局部:公共区域&集中客房区面向南麓景观 Part of the model: public area & centralized guest room area facing the southern foot landscape



Public areas and centralized guest room areas are arranged in front and back staggered levels. In this way, the crowd in the public area can have a close view of the inner lake, while the guest room located in the back row has a private view of the landscape without sight interference. As the height increases, the view of the guest room can reach the wider Xiang Lake in the east of the base.


▽公共区域与集中客房区的前后排布关系 The front and back arrangement of public areas and centralized guest rooms



The public area and concentrated guest rooms at the eastern foot are also the climax of the architectural tension of the hotel complex. Large function space such as the banquet hall are hidden in the lower base that integrates with the mountain, while the lobby, guest rooms and other spaces are scattered on it as double-slope roof volumes with different heights. The axis relation that moves flexibly makes housetop shows a extremely strong expressive force.


▽坡屋面与山景 Sloping roof and mountain view


细部 | 乡土匠作与现代品质 Details | local artisans and modern quality



The flexible form and space of mountain architecture can often reflect the characteristics of “regional”. For a long time, the recognition and re-creation of the existing regional expression is often encountered in mountain architecture.

The architectural form of Xianghu Xiaoyao Manor focuses on strengthening the wooden style of residential houses. Buildings in different blocks adopt different methods in the treatment of facade styles. The buildings in the public area and the centralized guest room area have extracted the wooden elements of the “traditional village”. The timber in the south region of Yangtze River is small, and the beam or pipe-in structure made by splicing of small timber shapes the basic image of the dwellings in this region.


▽公共区域主庭院 Public area main courtyard

▽集中客房区建筑立面 Facade of building in centralized guest room area

▽落客区 Drop off area

▽客房阳台局部 Part of the room balcony



The small villa’s room are more free and flexible in material practices, which can interpret the wild interest by using a large number of distinctive regional materials and practices such as tile work, stone work, and rammed earth. The application of rural materials is an “expensive” insistence. The manual workload has increased exponentially compared with modern materials and the architect keeps track of and controls the construction site in this long process.


▽别墅客房效果图 Villa room renderings

▽别墅客房实景 Real view of villa rooms

▽别墅客房效果图 Villa room renderings

▽毛石墙面施工过程跟踪 Tracking the construction process of rubble wall

▽别墅客房立面 Facade of Villa Guest Room


愿景 | 设计一种度假生活  Vision | design a kind of vacation life



The ultimate goal of designing a hotel is to design a kind of life. In the creation of this hotel, the “village-style” layout strategy is not only to serve the form, but to provide a kind of imagination of living in the mountains accompanied by nature.


The public area of the hotel and the centralized guest room area are arranged on the flat ground at different heights, presenting a mountain village composed of many small buildings. The hotel’s courtyard, eaves, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows strengthen the transparency of the space and realize the integration of the external landscape and the indoor space. The landscape is not only visible, but also truly participates in people’s various activities. At the same time, the use of a large amount of wood echoes the external landscape, further strengthening the warm and comfortable atmosphere.


▽景观渗透 Landscape penetration



The 150-meter-polyline line water platform outside the dining area constitutes an impressive resort scene for mountain dwellings. The tortuous water surface, scattered houses, and the platform base with rich elevations create a moving sequence of spaces. People wander in this sequence and experience a thousand scenes of mountains and lakes. Mountains, water, people, and buildings are combined into a close system, showing an intimate “accompaniment” relationship between human beings and nature.


▽场景动图 Scene animation

▽水台与屋宇 Water platform and house

▽空间成为人与自然之间的沟通界面 Space becomes a communication interface between man and nature



Just as the project was named “manor” rather than “hotel”, this resort hotel hidden in the valley has the original intention of constructing an ideal mountain living condition, and it is highly completed with reasonable design.






Location: Hangzhou, China
Design/Completion Date: 2015-2019
GFA: 126,700㎡
Client: Wanxiang Group
Architect: GOA
Landscape: GOA, Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architecture Design Co., Ltd.
Photo copyright: GOA



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