Ordos Hotel / EXH Design

Our friends at EXH Design shared their design of a hotel in , which is scheduled to be completed within a few months, with us.  Taking inspiration from the yurt, the circular tent-like dwelling of Mongolian peoples,  the team transformed the traditional scheme to meet the demands of modern life.   The design “makes an accommodation experience in different from anywhere else and arouses a local cultural interest,” explained the architects.

More about the hotel and more images after the break.

Because the yurts were never stacked, the architects adapted the yurt’s  design into a striking structural geometry that will support a mid-rise luxury hotel.   Due to the form, each room possesses its own character while all the rooms share the same simplistic attitude toward the interiors space, customary of the yurts.  By taking a regional form and adapting it to modern needs, the Ordos Hotel “radiates as an urban landmark while maintaining a culturally sensitive design in the region.”

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Ordos Hotel / EXH Design" 09 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=49067>


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    The object itself is appealing, but if the architects really wanted to make a stack of yurts like their diagram is suggesting it, it is a complete failure! In no way it makes me think of a yurt, nor in materials, nor in the construction process i imagine from the plan and the section, nor in the spaces resulting of the stack.
    So what’s the yurt doing in there?

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    “inspiration from the yurt”??? “the team transformed the traditional scheme” ??? Stacking up section of yurt, that says nothing about its characteristic circular shape to create that “sensitive” structure has really nothing to do with regional/traditional form.

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    The archetype form they show for a yurt doesn’t even look correct. It looks more like the archetype for American, residential vernacular – like a child’s drawing of a house. The yurts I’ve seen have two ornamented posts in the middle that hold up a ring. Slats span from the inner ring to the outer wall, which is like a collapsible lattice work. It’s such a singular object and space, meant for easy assembly and transportation. This feels like justification after the fact as opposed to inspiration.

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    I like the yurt argument… yes, it is clearly a client-wooing post-rationalization, but it at least it is transparent as such. I think it is very helpful for architects to share these narratives of their projects.
    In the end it educates the rest of us on how to trick clients into following your architectural agendas.
    I mean, do you really think the clients in this case would want to sign up to have EXH play around with stacking/overlapping/distorting hexagonal sections?

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