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Nanxianglou Art Hotel / PleasantHouse Design

  • 23:00 - 15 March, 2019
  • Curated by 韩爽 - HAN Shuang
Nanxianglou Art Hotel / PleasantHouse Design
Nanxianglou Art Hotel / PleasantHouse Design, The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao
The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao

The lounge. Image © En Xiao The exhibition deck on the second floor. Image © En Xiao The corridor along the stream. Image © En Xiao The night view. Image © En Xiao + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gankeng Old Town, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Juze Yeung, Fuji Tse, Yaowen Lau, Scarlett Ye, Junxian Lee, Lei Ha
  • Areas

    The galleries on three levels-840 sqm, the hotel-4,250sqm, the landscape-1,263sqm
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

  • The Client

    Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town Co., Ltd.
  • Materials

    bamboo, flooring tiles, straw stretch fabric, leather, tempered glass, moire tempered glass, copper stainless steel, rusted iron plates, texture painting, glazed tiles, Mosaic, stone, bare concrete walls, carpet
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Drone view of the architecture. Image © En Xiao
Drone view of the architecture. Image © En Xiao

Text description provided by the architects. Nanxianglou, one of the most expecting scenic spots in the historic Gankeng Village, Shenzhen of Guangdong Province, has gained lots of reputation abroad. From the time-honored study of literature and art to today’s history-thickened hotels, visitors can have a glance of the old architecture that celebrates the culture of Southern Fujian and the Hakkas. The architecture at the heritage area features a large scale of the solid wood structure, complemented by the deep-seated culture connotation.

The rear of the architecture. Image © En Xiao
The rear of the architecture. Image © En Xiao

There is a saying in Hakkas, “Immigration makes us alive, and we are not afraid of a long journey with longevity in life.” After going through instability in turbulent days, tramping over hills and dales, and wandering on tempest-tost, the ancestors arrived at the wonderland where they can inhabit and flourish finally. The Hakkas resided with the indigenous people in the past hundreds of years, and they infused their lifestyle and traditions into the land.

The corridor along the stream. Image © En Xiao
The corridor along the stream. Image © En Xiao

As a necessary part of the developing complex at the site, Nanxianglou Art Hotel has taken over essential factors from the Hakkas’ architectural culture. Grey tile walls, thick wood doors and beams, carven sculptures along the eaves…those components from disassembled buildings in Southern Fujian got marked in number, and were transformed to the place and assembled following the same.

The main entrance to the hotel. Image © En Xiao
The main entrance to the hotel. Image © En Xiao

The pyramid-inspired steel-framed glass roofing was carved into the angular structure, which contrasts with the old buildings. By generalizing this technique, the glass house protrudes into the complex while widening the views above the guestrooms on the second floor.

The lounge. Image © En Xiao
The lounge. Image © En Xiao

“The adventure includes drainage of rainwater and elimination of tiresome sound caused by the raindrops dropping on the surface of the glass house,” the architect described when conceptualizing the design. Each glass pane was handled specially to tackle these two disturbing issues while keeping the interior receive sufficient sunlight for human activities.

The lounge. Image © En Xiao
The lounge. Image © En Xiao
1F Plan
1F Plan
The craftwork display area. Image © En Xiao
The craftwork display area. Image © En Xiao

The smaller size glass house on the second floor plays a role as an extension of the exhibition from the interior space. Complemented by the lighting effect at night, the glass house responses to the main one.

The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao
The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao

This hotel contains 52 guestrooms with three different types of residences. Due to the restriction of the existing walls in terms of dimension and flexibility, the partitions were pushed over on the second and third floors and redesigned to meet the least requirement of the width of the corridors at 1.6m. On the contrary, the guestrooms were ornamented stylishly. To reduce oppressing sensation caused by the enclosed space, the partition of the bathrooms was replaced by glass walls.

The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao
The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao

The multi-functional conference hall and restaurants were planned at the back of the layout. To infuse the landscape with the interior, all windows were changed to the floor-to-ceiling revolving curtains. The following consequence is a flexible space used for various occasions.

The exhibition deck on the second floor. Image © En Xiao
The exhibition deck on the second floor. Image © En Xiao

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Cite: "Nanxianglou Art Hotel / PleasantHouse Design" 15 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/912925/nanxianglou-art-hotel-pleasanthouse-design/> ISSN 0719-8884
The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao

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