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Weijia Hutong Boutique Hotel, Beijing, China


Location: Beijing, China
Building Area: 1,600 sqm
Client: Beijing Old courtyard Asset Management Ltd. 


Weijia Hutong is one of the well preserved courtyard houses within the Forbidden City, and the project attempts to transform it into a boutique hotel. The design explores the possibility of making the most from the historical nature of this building, upgrading the spatial quality through delicate incisions, which eventually creates a spatially tectonic in relation to the building’s past as an integrated whole among all of the Hutongs.

Traditional spatial sequences of courtyard houses, re-furnished stone carvings and paintings, man-made mountains and ponds of hundreds years within the courtyards, all of which tells the stories of the house’s past and present. Then, elegant lighting design accentuates the gorgeous nature of this specific house. The exposed wood structure, delicate window frames and screens, collections of the traditional Chinese furniture, as well as the modern Chinese style furniture, all of which create spatial intersections for a coherent experience of both contemporary boutique hotel stay and native Beijing Hutong life. What’s more, it’s a bold attempt to add the glass roof on top of the narrow courtyard, one that brings in a clear visual and experiential contrast of the historic and the contemporary and renders the entire space a more intoxicating atmosphere.



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