Compact resort in China’s Huzhou goes back to basics
Architectural firm Atelier XUK has transformed a former industrial site into a compact boutique hotel.
The new-build Sury Resort No. 3 by architectural firm Atelier XUK has transformed a former industrial site into a compact boutique hotel which places architecture and its fundamental elements at the front and centre of the design. We take a look inside this unique property.
Sury Resort No. 3
A small new hotel in Shanggaowu Village in Moganshan, Huzhou, China is located on the site of a decommissioned warehouse in the pretty valley of the Mogan Mountain.
Spread over a small area of only 580 square meters, the hotel boasts six individual rooms, a swimming pool located at the lowel level and overlooked by the dining area, as well as recreational facilities and a bar.
The relationship between the accommodation and the external spaces is broken down by the presence of open space between the various different zones of the building, whether that is through large openings in the roofs or through changes in level that allow for expansive openings where there would usually be walls.
The architects explain the concept for the hotel, saying: “The concept is pavilions and rooms. Pavilions of frame structure is by nature abstract and open; while rooms enclosed by walls provides shelter and comfort. This building is a pavilion that contains rooms, by using the frame of the pavilion as a medium we intend to extend the visitor’s comprehension and of space beyond the boundary of enclosure, hence shaping the polysemy of architectural space.”
Architectural design and structure
The building is defined by its structural expression, which manifests itself in the exposure of the concrete beams, columns and roofs.
The design team elaborated on the decision to place the structure at the centre of the hotel’s execution, saying, “Symmetrical and exposed concrete frame, column spans larger than average urban structure, large full height glass panels and an open entrance are combined to achieve a horizontal penetration of space, all points at the project’s urbanization and public nature.
“Yet the construction material and methods are by locally sourced, including hiring the village’s tradesman. These elements combined are the response to the intervention of urban capital in the country area, and ‘country development’ projects,” they added.
The hotel is characterised by distinct zones in which different functions and activities occur. These areas are balanced thermally and environmentally by the different materials used in each zone depending on its requirements.
Some zones are open and exposed to the elements, while others, such as the bedrooms, are enclosed and have large panels of glazing to allow a connection and view towards the outside.
The budget for the hotel was minimal, so the architects made clever use out of robust and durable materials and created feature elements out of them, with the junctions of materials clearly expressed and highlighted wherever possible.
Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in Huzhou:
Hyatt Place Moganshan
Alila Taihu, Zhejiang
Banyan Tree Anji Zhejiang
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