| 11 : 30 – 26 April 2019 |
Surrounded amongst picturesque landscape, Blossom Dreams Hotel designed by Co-Direction Design is a stunning edifice to rewind from busy life.
The hotel is located in Jima village in Guilin city of south China which is known for its dramatic landscape of limestone Karst hills. At its center are 2 lakes, Shanhu and Ronghu, remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. Boats travel through these and other lakes via connected rivers.
Boats travelling among the river streams and lakes
The contemporary hotel has dramatic entrance via pebbled pathway with open air coffee bar on its on side. With central courtyard, sunken pools, bamboo plants and an expansive cantilever porch the entrance is quite impressive. With imposing reception and lounge space laced with decorative screens the space seems to be warm, cosy and ever welcoming. The minimalist-styled guest rooms and master bath have a exterior window which give a uninterrupted beautiful view of the mountains.
Garden with open-air coffee bar
Dramatic view from the Suite room with attached balcony
From the Architects –
The project is situated at Jima Village, east of Yangshuo — a famous tourist county surrounded by Karst mountains, winding rivers and beautiful scenery. The name “Jima” in Chinese is very poetic. It means “steed”, which makes the secluded, old and austere village appear to be dreamy to some extent. With tranquil ambience and beautiful landscape, it’s a perfect site for a resort hotel where people can stay away from hustle-bustle of urban life.
Stunning rice fields amongst meandering water stream
The courtyard features paths paved with white stones, patches of green grass, and a reflective pond with a sunken resting area at the center. The open coffee bar allows people to sit and savor a cup of coffee under the roof overhang whilst viewing the enchanting landscape.
Open-air coffee bar
White pebbled pathway across the coffee bar leads to main entrance
The enclosure was built with local materials, making it well blend with the site. Its opening (i.e. the hotel entrance) is guarded by verdant bamboo and characterized by a few stairs, which generates a sense of formality.
Hotel entrance steps along the bamboo plants
Landscape + Ground floor plan
Goethe called music frozen architecture, while Laozi believed that “a great sound is hard to hear”. Inspired by those philosophical views, the design studio, Co-Direction Design, worked to give the architectural facade a flexible rhythm.
Impressive facade composition and sunken pool across the entrance
For the overall design of the hotel, the designers combined dynamic rhythm and static proportional relationships perfectly, thereby breaking the whole into parts and producing continuous visual effects.
Hotel entrance porch
Throughout life, people mostly either stay in rooms or travel outside. They tend to be dispirited if spending too much time indoors, and feel unsettled as touring for a long time. This resort hotel, however, balances both by providing amazing living as well as touring experiences.
Lounge and tea room
Reception and entrance lounge
Hotel spaces –
The hotel lobby was designed as open as possible, with columns framing the separated semi-open zones. Besides, austere wood and hollowed-out screens ensure natural ventilation. Every detail in the overall space shows a minimalist design style, simplistic but not simple.
Alluring and impressive entrance lobby
The most alluring part of living beside mountains lies in the interaction with nature. Windows frame the changing outdoor sceneries, which depicts diverse dynamic pictures. Watching the sunrise, sunset and flying birds, touching the gentle breeze, and listening to the sounds from nature ! All of this, people can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful time in the guest rooms, without any mental distractions.
Lounge space on ground floor
Guestroom corridor provide glimpse of nature as one passes by.
Guestrooms In Blossom dreams hotel –
In each guest room, the large French window brings enough natural light in, and wall coverings feature textures, providing a nice visual impression. A Jade accessory is hung on the background wall of the bed, which is striking and attracting.
Guest floor plan
Kingroom with a view !
Interiors of the twin bed guestroom
The bathroom is a refreshing space, enabling people to embrace the idyllic surroundings and integrate body and mind into nature.
Rooms with a stunning view ! Twin bedroom with attached bath.
Peek into nature from the minimalist designed bathroom
In short, the overall design conveys the concept of enriching the spirit and purifying the mind in nature. The hotel provides a fantastic experience of getting close to nature, living an austere life and daydreaming beside mountains.
Tea room with screen partitions
Project details –
Project Name – Blossom Dreams Hotel
Location – Guilin, Yangshuo County, Guangxi, China
Architect Firm – Co-Direction Design | www.cdd-china.com
Interior decoration – Co-Direction Aesthetics
Project type – Hospitality, Resort, Hotel
Area – 3800 sq.mts.
Operator – Guangdong Blossom Dreams Hotels Management Co., Ltd.
Photography Credits – © Jing Xufeng
Completion date – November 2018
Facade/Landscape design – Co-Direction design
Materials – Marble, wood veneers, dark-colored shale slabs, aluminum panels with wood grains, black steel, fabric wall coverings, textured paint