Due to its articulated and complex structure, our design shall be a sort of guide, a simple and clear sign that leads you within this Boutique Hotel. We want to create an evocative atmosphere to immerse you in a multi sensorial experience made of colors, sensations, feelings and shapes.
Few elements have inspired our design. Chinese wine is the main character of this story, with all the elements that constitute it: the cereals, the raw material used to produce it, the tools used to harvest and process them and the final result, the Huangjiu and the Baijiu. Unlike red wine in Western culture, enjoyed for its own flavor and age, wine in Chinese culture is more often a way to set off a particular mood.
Not least the traditional dwellings of the Loess Plateau and the fabrics that decorate them, which have been for centuries ornament and protection for its inhabitants.
Our design has mainly focused on three spaces. The Main Hall, moment to show the tools used to collect and process the wine, bringing it from the ground to the vase. The Bedrooms communicate with guests a world of tradition and simplicity. The Wine Bar is a warm and welcoming place where to taste and experience, something sophisticated and unique like wine. “Qu bricks”, (Chu) the yeast agent, a type of ferment used to manufacture the wine to obtain a perfect aroma. We adopted it as a building material for our bench view through a screen of lined glass.
Location: Yan’an, Shaanxi – China
Year: Schematic Design 2019 / Artistic Direction 2019 / Built
Area: 500 sqm
Design Partner: Arch. Francesco de Felice
Interior Design (Hard and Soft Decoration) with: Zhijian Workshop
Architectural Design: China Northwest Architecture Design And Research Institute Co.Ltd. – Team leader: Zhao Yuanchao
Photography: ©Aurelien Chen