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Domain Architects：Surrounded by unfinished building site, waste land and industrial parts, this project is definitely not blessed with a beautiful site. The site area, construction budget and time are also extremely tight and limited.
▼ 周边环境 The site environment
This hotel consists of 48 rooms, an independent restaurant, a banquet hall, swimming pools, underground parking and spaces preserved for later phase development. How to make full use of strengths and circumventing weaknesses in such a field, and how to integrate complex and diverse functions and create a unique and high-quality space experience within the extremely tight space, budget and time are a series of challenges faced by this project.
The experience in the room is the absolute core of the hotel. So we went back to the beginning and revisited the design of hotel rooms:Usually a hotel room would be designed as an outward box to maximize the view. Consequently, a typical hotel building would be a collection of opened boxes.
We rejected this conventional model and went back to the starting point of design: the room experience. We reinvented the actual experience in a typical unit: first, the exterior view below eye-level is blocked, while the view above is left open; then the opening is “lifted” or enlarged to invite more light and air; at last, full-size glass doors divided the unit into a combination of interior room and exterior micro courtyard, while the boundary in between is highly blurred. With imperceptible boundaries and a visually continuous experience, the beautiful, scroll-like view of the sky and the mountain powerfully draws attentions. During different times in a day, the sunlight interacts with the curved wall of the opening in different ways, producing dramatic and moving atmosphere.
The outline of the opening of the room converges into the exterior facade of the building, which coincides with the scene of the sloping roofs in the local hillside villages, and is similar to the undulating mountain shape of Yuntai Mountain. The rooms facing the inner side of the site will be more open as they will enclose the courtyard together with the second phase.
▼ 框景The framing
The ground of the construction yard is narrow and wide, but it needs to meet the requirements of vehicle drop-off, independent circulation line for accommodation, independent circulation line for catering, underground garage and temporary parking lot in the backyard (reserved site for the second phase project) at the same time. Compared with a small width, the overall circulation line is highly complex. The design raises the hotel by half a floor, shortens the distance of vehicle ramps, and enriches the experience of pedestrians entering the building, thus effectively solving a series of problems.
▼人行入口 The pedestrian entrance
We moved the earthwork excavated in the semi-underground layer to the front yard, so that the ground of the front courtyard of the building was also “lifted” from the ground, like an abstract undulating mountain, echoing the real Yuntai Mountain in the distance. It also conformed to the technique of “straight to the point” in classical gardens, and realized the balance of earthwork in the site. From the hall and compartment of the first floor look outside, translucent ground glass surrounded by transparent window, the vestibule and distant mountain frame together, and formed a moving borrowing and framing scenery.
▼前院 The front yard
The plan to start structural construction just after the conceptual scheme was completed resulted in a significant reduction in the space for interior design adjustments. However, we still insist on extending the strategy of “lifting” to all aspects of the interior design: in all the public areas on the ground floor, the continuous space of the semi-curved roof, as if “lifted” from the wall and ceiling, becomes the main walking line for the guests; On the guest room floor, the wall “lifts” to become the sign of the room number, which also breaks the monotony of the corridor; The guide stage of dining-room and the drawer inside the room shake handshandle, also pass “lift” means generation.
▼餐饮前厅 The restaurant lobby
▼首层公共洗手间 The public restroom
▼客房通道 The guest room channel
▼ 抽屉上的“掀”元素 The”lift” element on the drawer
Qixian Town, Xiuwu County, where Sky Courtyards is located, is named for the seclusion of Qixian Bamboo Forest. The client also hopes to inherit this context in the design. Bamboo elements are found both inside and outside the hotel in a virtual or solid way, such as the bamboo forest in the front and rear courtyards, the bamboo fence outside the site, and the bamboo-moulded concrete wall in the front yard.
In an extremely restrained and concise way, it breaks through the conventions and invents a hotel design model of “room + micro courtyard”, creating an unrepeatable and touching experience in an incredible site. The design does not refer to the traditional Chinese visual elements, but makes the ultimate use of the classical garden methodology such as “hiding” and “revealing”, borrowing and framing landscape.
▼二层平面图 2nd floor plan
▼四层平面图 4nd floor plan
▼半地下层平面图 Basement plan
设计单位：十域建筑 Domain Architects
Project name: Sky Yards Hotel
Project location: Xiuwu County, Henan Province, China
Gross Built Area (square meters): 4900 m²
Design: Domain Architects
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design year & Completion Year: 2019-2020
Leader designer: Xiaomeng Xu
Team: Xiaomeng Xu, Chun Wang
Photo credits: Chao Zhang
Structural Consultant: AND Office
Construction Documents: Henan Urban & Rural Design Institute
Structure Contractor: Local Team
Building and Landscape Contractor: Henan Jutailong Decoration and Construction Co. Ltd.
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