Located in the vicinity of Slender West Lake, in the city of Yangzhou, the 20-room hotel named The Walled is the work of the Chinese practice headed by Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri. The site was sprinkled with ponds and small structures that the architects use as an opportunity to revamp the functions of the existing constructions and complete the complex with new buildings. The most original decision in the project was to superpose a grid of landscapes surrounded by walls and roofs of grayish recycled brick. In this way, the complex presents a matrix of courtyards with individual features. The design takes inspiration from China’s vernacular architecture, with courtyards establishing hierarchies between spaces, framing views, encapsulating landscapes, or fusing interiors and exteriors. Several of these semi-outdoor areas are occupied by guestrooms, while others serve as communal spaces: reception, bookstore, restaurant, gardens. Three additional constructions are dissociates from the main logic: a four-room lakeside pavilion; the second floor of the building in the largest courtyard; and the old warehouse transformed into a restaurant, a theater, and an exhibitions hall.
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