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  3. Hotels
  4. China
  5. Ministry of Design
  6. 2017
  7. VUE Hotel / Ministry of Design

VUE Hotel / Ministry of Design

  • 22:00 - 3 November, 2017
VUE Hotel / Ministry of Design
VUE Hotel / Ministry of Design, The Pink Rabbit. Image © Edward Hendricks
The Pink Rabbit. Image © Edward Hendricks

Fabcafe. Image © Edward Hendricks Entrance Day. Image © Edward Hendricks Courtyard. Image © Edward Hendricks Lobby Reception. Image © Edward Hendricks + 54

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    No.9 Yangfang Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Project Management

    Fang Wen, He Ting
  • Design Team

    Colin Seah, Kevin Leong, Joyce Low, Ruth Chong, Sarah Conceicao, Richard Herman, Tasminah Ali, Syazwani Wagiman, Rais Rahman, Patricia Segado, Angie Ng, Jascha Oakes, Tiang Yuping, Norberto Olegario, Mior Hasan, Don Castenada, Arnel Anonuevo, Danielle Liu, Sandra Goh
  • Area

    10000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

  • Owner

    Hai Vue Hotel Houhai, Beijing
  • Main Contractor&ID Contractor

    Changzhou Jintan Construction company Co. Ltd
  • Submissions Architect

    Beijing Zhongdihengcheng Architectural Design Co. Ltd
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Outdoor. Image © Edward Hendricks
Outdoor. Image © Edward Hendricks

Text description provided by the architects. VUE Hotel’s first flagship property is located in Beijing, in the Hutong district of Houhai. The hotel compound sits on the edge of the picturesque Houhai lake, and neighbours a verdant public park, as well as historic Hutong houses which are still used by local inhabitants today. Located along Houhai’s banks are a district of bars and vibrant cafes.

Outdoor. Image © Edward Hendricks
Outdoor. Image © Edward Hendricks

Undertaken as a major adaptive-reuse exercise, the hotel comprises a series of artistically transformed quasi-historic buildings from the 1950’s. This intriguing hotel compound invites you to explore its many facets where you will discover a series of landscaped gardens, a bakery café fronting the bustle of the Hutong streets, a signature restaurant in a warehouse, a rooftop bar overlooking the lake, a gym and over 80 rooms and suites, several with private gardens or with views overlooking the park or lake.

Courtyard. Image © Edward Hendricks
Courtyard. Image © Edward Hendricks

Architecture and Landscape
The hotel compound comprises a series of quasi-historic buildings from the 1950’s, with a variety of architectural styles and approaches. Although they were designed primarily in the Chinese vernacular, the different buildings span a range of ornamentation from highly decorative roof eaves, characterful gargoyles, sculptured balconies and latticed window frames, to pared-back jack roofs and plain brick work wall finishes. Our design approach has been to unify this diverse collection through colour and landscaping.

Entrance Day. Image © Edward Hendricks
Entrance Day. Image © Edward Hendricks

All the buildings are conceptually draped over with a dark charcoal grey coat of paint, upon which key architectural details have been highlighted in a contemporary gold patina. These featured elements shimmer against the dark backdrop and their prominence suggests an informal “cataloguing” of key architectural details. As guests explore the compound, this “catalogue” of details gradually brings into focus the distinction between the historical versus the contemporary: a subtle juxtaposition, which highlights the rich tension arising from any adaptive reuse design.

Masterplan
Masterplan

Conceptually, the design harnesses all the “left-over” spaces in-between each building, to tie the compound into a single holistic experience. These in-between spaces are treated graphically with an “ice-ray” lattice pattern inspired by traditional Chinese screens. Treated three-dimensionally, hardscaped floors and passageways rise to become private balconies or garden enclosures.

Courtyard. Image © Edward Hendricks
Courtyard. Image © Edward Hendricks

FAB Cafe and Reception
Upon arrival and enroute to the Reception, the guest experience first begins at one of VUE Hotel’s social hubs: the FAB café and bakery. This casual and vibrant venue fronts the buzzy Hutong main road where scenes of daily local life and culture can be witnessed. With both terrace alfresco as well as indoor seating, FAB is the perfect place for breakfast, a quick snack or a rousing cup of coffee. The interior design approach draws from characteristics of the street front in its use of materials and colour accents. A wide range of seating nooks and furniture allows the FAB experience to feel varied and engaging.

Fabcafe. Image © Edward Hendricks
Fabcafe. Image © Edward Hendricks

The Reception is the first experience exclusive to overnight guests. Intimate and personal, the check-in experience is casual but comfortable. Guests pass a concierge point where the property’s first feature installation artwork is placed and into the Reception, where the property’s signature colour scheme and dramatic spatial design themes are manifested.

Lobby Reception. Image © Edward Hendricks
Lobby Reception. Image © Edward Hendricks

The Pink Rabbit Restaurant and Rooftop Moon Bar
Housed at the Lakeside-edge of the hotel compound in a former warehouse building, VUE Hotel’s signature restaurant and rooftop bar offers an extensive tapas sharing menu and cocktails/liquor selection. Upon approaching the Pink Rabbit from the adjacent courtyard, guests encounter a whimsical installation atop the building’s roof of 2 gigantic wireframe rabbits. The Pink Rabbit’s casual but sophisticated atmosphere plays itself out in the interior design. The exposed metal & wood trusses, open display kitchen, lounge style seating paired with a feature bar and DJ counter, contribute to the overall upbeat vibe. A series of private dining rooms and quiet garden dining zone provide opportunities for exclusive entertaining, whilst the rooftop Moon Bar and Jacuzzi pool offer a treetop alfresco experience, with full views to the picturesque Houhai lake and park.

The Pink Rabbit. Image © Edward Hendricks
The Pink Rabbit. Image © Edward Hendricks

Guests Rooms and Gym
When conceptualizing the essence of its hotel rooms, the brand decided to celebrate innovative spatial design but pair it with a level of creature comforts that would rival the best design hotels in the market. High on the agenda was also a desire to balance an unapologetically contemporary design approach with locally inspired culture and imagery. The resulting rooms are whimsically surprising but yet familiar. Spaces are unexpectedly divided with the use of colours, tones and materials, whilst installation art in every room continue the hotel’s overarching narrative. Dramatic bath spaces complement restful sleeping spaces. Beyond the standard rooms, the suites and garden rooms extend the guest experience with generous living and dining spaces, oversized bathrooms and alfresco lounge areas.

Feature Stairway. Image © Edward Hendricks
Feature Stairway. Image © Edward Hendricks

The gym is designed to extend the overall design scheme and bring it to the next level of drama and vibrancy. Mirrored surfaces and latticework create a space conducive to health and wellness.

Walkway. Image © Edward Hendricks
Walkway. Image © Edward Hendricks

Art Installation and room art
Each VUE property is designed around a central narrative inspired by its locale or culture. For VUE Houhai Beijing, the narrative drew inspiration from the lake and its animal inhabitants. In our imaginings, the presence of VUE in the Houhai neighbourhood has a magical and whimsical transformative effect on the animal inhabitants. These friendly animals (foxes, rabbits, deer) are transformed anthropomorphically from mere animals to become more human-like, in the same way animals in cartoons often adopt human personas. In becoming more human-like, the animals also begin to cultivate a sense of curiosity of the world around them and like “tourists”, begin to explore the attractions around the lake and eventually to iconic historic sites around Beijing – the Great Wall, the Forbidden City”.

Bedroom Suite. Image © Edward Hendricks
Bedroom Suite. Image © Edward Hendricks

These art installations are dotted throughout the compound and are also found in each room. Other art installations, which parallel this narrative but focus more keenly on the theme of the “transcendence of Chinese culture” can be found in other public spaces such as lift lobbies and corridors.

Room. Image © Edward Hendricks
Room. Image © Edward Hendricks
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The Pink Rabbit. Image © Edward Hendricks

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