dEEP Architects have developed a design concept for the development of an art-based hotel that will be constructed just north of the Beijing National Stadium (The Bird Nest) as part of Beijing’s “Post Olympic Commercial Strategy.” The design concept, which the architects call “A Fluid Dream,” borrows from several sources. The surrealism of Salvador Dali is a driving force of formal fluidity of the design, while the concept of a nest egg is the source of privacy for the hotel units, derived from the affectionate nickname of the nearby stadium. Read on for more on this project after the break.
This dream hotel will occupy approximately 10,000 sq meters and will have about 1,500 square meters of courtyard space. The interior spaces are designed with a fluid formality, from columns to atriums and balconies; the spatial definition of the interiority of the hotel is soft and continuous. The design also includes the reformation of the stadium’s original concourse level, where it will be transformed into the hotel’s executive floor composed of several living spaces.
The interior space is designed from the user’s perspective. The layouts are determined according to individual movements, and the definitions of the spaces are softened to allow for an open fluidity of motion. Spaces are embedded with myriad sensory cues from spatial sculptures, multimedia, and two-dimensional graphics to light and odor. This multidimensionality creates the dynamism of a continuous, surrealistic space à la Dali.
A steel framework of the Bird Nest portion of the hotel defines many private air courtyard spaces that are connected to “egg villas.” These private villas and their private outdoor spaces connect to a closed corridor that leads users back to the main hotel space. The seclusion and privacy provided by the separation of rooms from the main lobby space amplifies the surreal and individual experience experienced by the visitors. Architects: dEEP Architects Location: Beijing, China Design Year: 2010 Project Area: 11,500 sqm Design Status: Concept Design