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West Façade / Domain Architects

Sky Yards Hotel

Firm LocationShanghai, China
CompanyDomain Architects
Lead ArchitectXiaomeng Xu

Surrounded by unfinished building site, waste land and industrial sites, this 48-room hotel in a small town is not blessed with a beautiful site. Fortunately, mountains are visible from two major sides. Usually a hotel room would be designed as an outward box to maximize the view. We rejected this conventional model and reinvented the experience in a typical room: a micro and private courtyard with a scroll-like view of the sky and the mountain, while the view below eye-level is blocked. The design evokes the traditional Chinese garden making methodology of concealing and revealing.