Located in the heart of Wuxiang Mountain National Park of Lishui District in Nanjing, the Hotel Wind is a mere 40minutes’ drive from the city centre, and 3.5hours’ drive from Shanghai. The twenty thousand square meter site lies in the quiet and picturesque spot with the southern side facing the Wuxiangsi Reservoir that is less than twenty meters away, and the rest of the perimeter surrounded by mountains.
We found out that the original buildings of the site were demolished when we first visited the site, and a huge mining field-like ruin was left. An image of the original state of the site came in mind, in this image, the mountain flows towards the reservoir, and all we can hear is the sound of the tree, water and birds. As a result, our intention is to recreate some of the landscape and enclose it by the new hotel, so that the building could merge into the landscape. In addition, to ensure the best scenery towards the reservoir is shared by the hotel rooms, art spaces and other public area, we carefully form the shape of the hotel according to the context and program requirements, which resulted in a lower part at the front of the hotel, and as the roof gently rise up, more floors are introduced. Last but not least, the landscape in the site is carefully planned and designed according to the program and layout of the building to form a better relationship between the natural surroundings, the inner courtyard and the hotel.
To ensure the best view to the reservoir and more efficient circulation, the hotel lobby, art space, café and restaurant are located at the front part of the hotel; four types of hotels rooms and private villas are situated from second to fourth storey at the back of the building, where the atmosphere is quite and more private.
The current driveway is a two-way lane that is not quite suitable for future use for the hotel as it is too narrow. In order to attract people from the existing road to the art spaces in the hotel, the main road is widened, and was introduced into the perimeter of the hotel; drop-off area is covered thanks to this layout. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to wander in the inner courtyard of the hotel, as the pavement is surrounded by both mountain and water landscape. The service circulation is totally independent from the guest circulation.
When entering the hotel from the main road, guests will immediately see the café and the sculpture gallery on the left, and the “We Space” art gallery and the restaurant on the opposite side; then before arriving at the lobby visitors are welcomed by the inner courtyard of the hotel with landscape that is inspired by traditional Chinese “Shanshui” paintings.
The “We Space” art gallery is the core of the hotel as we wanted to do something that is beyond the ordinary art themed hotel, and to literally create an art gallery with hotel rooms. The art gallery is divided into an enclosed exhibition space and a semi outdoor space. The curved, transparent curtain wall strengthens the relationship between the art work and the natural landscape, with the sacred atmosphere in this double-height space, visitors will have the chance to not only embrace the artwork, but also to meditate.
The sculpture gallery has a direct view to the reservoir; the cantilevered roof is designed to be low to form a long and narrow window that frames the landscape of the reservoir as an ancient Chinese scroll painting, as a result the landscape also becomes part of the artwork.
The Spa and the swimming pool lies in the most quite area of the hotel, part of the swimming pool is extended to the exterior and is surrounded by existing trees on the mountain, the idea is to create an experience of swimming and enjoying SPA service literally in the forest, and the guests can have a more intimate relationship with nature.
On the second, third and fourth floor sits all the hotel rooms. Interesting spaces and layouts are possible thanks to the cantilevered floors; the private villas can be accessed by an independent route, and are located in a private spot that is surrounded by the mountain. Unlike the layout of the ordinary hotel rooms, the layout of the rooms are based on the concept of a “reversed courtyard” that is responding to the inner courtyard of the hotel. Instead of having the programs at the perimeter of the room, all programs are now located in the middle of the room, and guest activities take place in the central area of the room. In addition, a tea room space is also introduced in each hotel rooms which enables guest to enjoy the picturesque view when having tea. Currently more than 50% of the room can have a view to the reservoir, and the rest of the rooms have views to the mountain and the inner courtyard.
▲一层平面图 1F PLAN
▲二层平面图 2F PLAN
▲三层平面图 3F PLAN
▲四层平面图 4F PLAN
▲南立面图 SOUTH ELEVATION
▲东立面图 EAST ELEVATION
▲剖面图A SECTION A
村城 THE VILLAGE
树屋 THE TREEHOUSE
桥院 THE BRIDGE & THE COURTYARD