The XinXian Inn Hotel is located in the centre of Beijing, the Dongcheng District around the corner of Galaxy Soho on the eastern 2nd Ring road. The low-budget Hotel is neighbouring the Xinxian Hutong, a large area with traditional Chinese courtyard houses, which entrances are now mostly blocked by newly constructed commercial buildings. Throughout Beijing, the rich culture and vivid life-style of the Hutong areas are mostly getting replaced by high-profitable and shallow real-estate blocks. With the XinXian Inn Hotel, we tried to incorporate the atmosphere and history of the Hutong areas into a hospitality design. The client was intrigued by this idea to focus on the traditional forms and materials of the surrounding neighbourhood for several reasons. As every young entrepreneur he was on a small budget for the hotel. And throughout his life he liked the Beijing Hutong areas and this was one reason he chose this location. “I remember, one day in late 2016 a young guy knocked our Office Door and came in with an idea to revive a former traditional guesthouse. He also had written down 4000 Chinese characters that emphasised on his vision and on the history and rich culture of the district. This impressed me deeply, so we got started right away.” recalled Dayong Sun.
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