关子门•烟岚驿站度假酒店 贵州湄潭湄江镇
类型 乡建民宿
建筑面积 3200平方米
设计/建造状态 2016Sojourn and sojourn


Located in Meitan, Guizhou, Yanlan  Resort Hotel is transformed from a dozen of dilapidated farmhouses scattered in a natural village. The hotel lies deep in the beautiful mountains and waters in northern Guizhou. The project begins with the transformation of the old peasant house, sorts the space between the houses and demolishes and expanding some old houses into restaurants and venues for the gatherings of the guests. 


As the overall planner and designer of this project, we have such major considerations: how to look at the tradition and the present, how to make the local culture, natural environment, surrounding villagers co-exist naturally and harmoniously with the hotel project. 


Without destroying the original appearance, the old wooden houses and the folk houses in northern Guizhou have been transformed into hotel rooms that conform to the contemporary life quality. The newly built restaurant uses a more low-key architectural vocabulary, with variable cross-section steel structure and safety glass cavity door and window system to form a material comparison with the featured external walls and green roof tiles of the folk houses in northern Guizhou. The space dialogue and the sense of continuity formed by the old and new buildings are the basic rules to maintain the natural symbiosis between the foreign (hotel) and the native (countryside). 


In the interior design, it still obeys the law of natural symbiosis. In order not to affect the good scenery with proximity to mountains and water and the coordination with the old villages, the new restaurant is a one-story pitched roof building with measures as low as possible, while the indoor space, on the basis of meeting the needs of air conditioning and other functions, improves the story height as much as possible, so as to have a bright, concise, smooth space. The central area of the hotel is transformed by a group of typical tri-section folk compound in northern Guizhou. Its front is the reception center of the hotel while both sides served as the restaurant. In the transformation, the original wood structure and old green tiles were retained while the rest are demolished to build pitched roof and add light-transmitting doors and windows. 


In the space transformation, emphasis is placed on thinking about the dialogue between the modern life style and the original ecological space, the dialogue between space itself and light and shadow, and the interaction between the indoor and outdoor. In the use of materials, the outdoor retained the simple and heavy folk house style in northern Guizhou which is consistent with the local landscape. The old wood doors and windows were removed and replaced with modern bridge-cut aluminum landing doors and windows. The indoor uses recycled old wood which are polished and painted. Texture coating is used for the wall surfaces and ancient bricks are paved on the ground. These modern materials form a contrast with the original materials, adding some modernity to the old buildings while maintaining a similar sense of history and gravity. 


We adopt an attitude of respect and prudence to the local culture and the villagers. By sorting and renovating the original messy farm houses and sites, we try to create a life style of buildings in a symbiosis with the surrounding environment and in harmonious co-existence with the local villagers. 


The whole plan and the interior renovation of the buildings have preserved the essence of the original folk houses in northern Guizhou. Innovative measures were taken for some parts. While preserving the old buildings, we have brought about a new design concept and a new way of life, so that the new and old, the nature, the mountains and rivers, the old houses, villagers and others are in a perfect fusion and a harmonious symbiosis.

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