The shape and layout of the hotel, works towards allowing people a constant connection to Shushan mountain and the adjacent lake, forming different scenarios with the help of walls and roof. In Phase I of the project – the hotel – the floorplan is organized around a public central courtyard, around which the circulation flows freely. Along this pathway the eye-level of people is changing, following the roof of the hotel, bypassing the building completely until the courtyard is in sight. From here visitors can see the lake and Longquan ridge in the distance.
The overall project includes several phases, not limited to the hotel, but also including residential functions. Each phase has an own character, but is also following one set of design guidelines. The hotel therefore has an additional role to it: it serves as a showcase for the future development. The construction of the building is mostly done with simple building techniques. The roof transports a complicated image, while utilizing simple geometries on the inside. This attitude is carried throughout the building, with the result being a compound of modern steel structures and local traditional materials and bricklaying methods.
The key part of this project is the central yard of the public space of the hotel, which offer extremely immersive experience between the architecture and landscape. With high change, this part bringing certain emptiness and boundless gesture for people to walk around in this pure landscape. The Chengdu VUE Hotel and & Resort located in a wide plain, is a city that has historically been characterized by the broad expanse of flat land it is situated in. This new hotel, despite being in the city, is talking to, and immersing itself in the mountains. With this space, the hotel embraces the spirit of Shushan Mountain and expresses it in an architectural way.
From a western point of view mountains are mainstays in this world – solid and rigid focal points in the landscape. Far eastern philosophical traditions form a strong counterpoint to that: Mountains move around, and in turn become clouds that weave through heaven and earth.
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