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GTD:Zhongwei, a city with a history of more than 600 years, is located at the junction of Ningxia, Inner Mongolia and Gansu provinces. In recent years, Zhongwei becomes famous due to the Yellow River Suji, the boundless Loess Plateau, the vast desert, the Yellow River running past, years here flowing, with strong northwest culture precipitating here.





Yuanbai Zhongwei is the final work of the eleven accomadations in the Yellow River Suji, which should not only integrate into the overall atmosphere of the whole, but also reflect the unique quality and tonality of Yuanbai, which needs more consideration.




|| 三栋土坯房串联成的家 Three adobe houses connect into a home


Before the reconstruction, Yuanbai is three scattered-adobe houses, lonely and stubborn guard in the best place of the entrance of the Suji. Corridors were added in the design to help shelter from wind and rain, and connect three excellent adobe houses into a warm home; Then, through reasonable route planning, arriving guests can wander freely in the hotel, enjoying holiday-style relaxation and also independence and privacy at the same time.


▽项目鸟瞰 The project have a bird’s eye view of


▽民宿与周边环境夜景 Night view of b&B and surrounding environment


▽轴测图 Axonometric drawing




The hotel is divided into three courtyards, one is called “Kongshan Jiu Tie” bookstore and tea space, open to the public; The other two have 11 guest rooms. After the building is enclosed and reconstructed, each courtyard has a distinctive public area, such as outdoor coffee area, swimming pool, forest courtyard, sunken fire pond, sky terrace, etc. Guests can choose to stay according to their own preferences, and also can visit and share other courtyards, one-stop vacation is rich and diverse.


▽下沉式火塘,披上毛毯围炉烤火,西北的天空下大有作为 Sunken fire pond, wrapped blanket around the fire, it‘s great to be under the northwest sky


▽日升月落斗转星移,在户外咖啡里享受光影的变幻 As the sun rises and the moon falls, enjoy the changes of light and shadow in outdoor coffee


▽沙漠、泳池与白雪,违和的字眼组合成神奇的浪漫 Desert, swimming pool and snow, discordant words combine into a magical romance


▽空中露台,软榻土窑煤油灯,星星点点闪烁,充满异域风情 Air terrace, soft bed, kerosene lamps, twinkling, full of exotic customs



|| 阅读 · 茶饮 · 度假,满足现代社交需求 Reading, tea, holiday, meet the demand of modern social



Flying thousand miles to Ningxia Zhongwei, what you want is not only a comfortable guest room, spiritual home is also the yearning pursuit of modern people. Therefore, Yuanbai has a “Kongshan Jiutie”, which integrates bookstore, tea space and cafe.

Kongshan Jiutie, defined as “Bookstore in wild, not just books,” aims to bring the best publishers to the countryside. Currentyl three bookstore named DUKU, Insight Media, and Citic Dafang has settled in. In future, here will also hold various activities together with the resident organizations, such as book launch, sharing sessions, small concerts and so on. This is not just an ordinary bookstore, but also a place for cultural communication.


▽民宿入口 A home stay facility entrance

© Judie

▽民宿书店 A home stay facility bookstore

© Judie



Tea and coffee, as a medium, can bond any spatial scene. Yuanbai has “Kongshan Suiye” tea space, using teapots in ancient form to cook tea; Yuan Bai also cooperates with Gaoligong Mountain Top No.1 coffee manor to launch coffee products. You can have a cup of Dirty or make a hot pot of tea and enjoy your leisure in the lazy northwest sun with a nice snack.


▽咖啡厅 The coffee shop



|| 在传统里体现当代 Reflecting contemporary in the traditional 


Beichangtan village, one of Zhongwei’s many ancient villages hidden deep in the mountains and Yellow River Bay, had no electricity until 2006, ending the days of kerosene lamps. Arriving in Beichangtan along the undulating tarmac of the Yellow River, the villagers have all moved out, leaving behind traces of their past lives in empty villages. Red stones, seasoned tree trunks, wooden palisades with branches, adobe walls with straw. Vigorous, vast, loess, these are the main melody here.


▽材质肌理 Modern soulpture




Deeply inspired by Beichangtan, the Hall of Yuanbai has chosen the unique sandstone red of northwest China. The top surface, ground, wall and revolving staircase are all processed to thick northwest red. When arrriving at Yuanbai, guest will encounter a crash of warm, energetic and simple emotion .


▽民宿大厅 The hall of a home stay facility





Yuanbai has taken great pains on the exterior wall. Learning from the local old mason, press specific formula to harmonize yellow mud, then scrape up on the wall by hand. When gently touching the undulating scratch texture, the scene of workers sweating in the sun seemed to be in front of your eyes.

More attention is paid to the red mud brick wall behind the bar. The masters use the traditional crafters to make bricks from the local yellow mud, pile up them one by one onto the wall, and then colored with the special northwestern red. The bricks, layer upon layer, simple, rough, casual, mottled scratches as if the traces of time left in the ancient village.


▽遗留着岁月痕迹的墙面 The walls with the traces of time


|| 堪比艺术品的生牛皮灯 The rawhide lamp – more like a work of art




Above the bar in the hall, there are two cowhide lamps , created by Mr. Liu Jiang from Enough Leather Research Institute.

Mr. Liu Jiang rolls the whole translucent rawhide into tubular shape, finalize the design through a month, keep the grain, the rise and fall, overlap and natural twist on the cowskin, burnish and polish by hand again, turn the originally hard rawhide into soft and warm.

The moment when the light is on, the soft warm light comes out from the cowskin, shining the natural texture of the leather without reservation, like landscape, like a person, like a picture scroll, like a long river of history, amazing. It’s not just lights. It’s art.


▽艺术的生牛皮灯 Artistic rawhide lamp


|| 回归至“宿”,依偎着母亲河入眠 Return to the “host”, nestled close to the Mother River


The essence of homestay is still “stay”. Yuanbai uses the “open” technique in the room design, creating landscape for each room as far as possible, or outdoor terrace or private courtyard, guests can touch with nature and breathe freely even if she languidly curled up in her own room. Most of the rooms choose large floor-to-ceiling glass, the vast northwest scenery, the Yellow River running past, and the ancient site of the Great Wall, all can be brought into the eye. In Spring you can see pear flowers outside, in Winter you can enjoy the mountains covered with snow,the scenery changes every season.






The indoor space is mostly decorated with downy warm color, creaminess metope, slightly red handmade brick, the wood-color bed and couch, the sofa of cotton hemp and cloth art, everthing is concerned about natural. Enter the room and open the window, take a deep breath, all worldly troubles are gone, beautiful and relaxed.

More details are reflected in the bed design. To satisfy the demand of different crowds, the beds of Yuanbai are all designed as couch. Upon a big piece of bed, mattess can be divided, can be combined, so to form a king room, a standard room, a parent-child room or a family room, flexible at any time.


▽室内空间 Interior space




The Yellow River, embracing the Yellow River Suji.
In winter, she is blue and clear.
As the day darkens and the lights come on
Sleeping in Yuanbai, close to the Mother River.



▽一层平面图  1 Floor plan


▽二层平面图  2 Floor plan




项目名称:元白 · 中卫

Project name: Yuanbai Zhongwei
Project Address: No.1, Dawan Village, Changle Town, Shapotou District, Zhongwei, Ningxia
Project area: 2,000 square meters
Completion Date: February 2022
Owner: Zhongwei Yuanbai Cultural Creative Co., LTD
Partners: Xianxing Group, Suji Yingzaoshe, Huazheng Culture & Travel, DUKU, Insight Media, Citic Dafang, Gaoligong Hilltop No.1 Coffee Manor
Interior design: Hangzhou Guantang Interior Design Co., LTD
Project construction: Hangzhou Jiuwei Decoration Engineering Co., LTD
Indoor furniture: YIJI Collection
Outdoor furniture: Gogogo
Leather customization: Enough Leather Research Institution
Main materials: handmade brick, washed stone, texture paint, red stone, sawn wood floor, old elm wood
Space photo: Tang Xuguo, Tang Tang, Judie




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