Alila Wuzhen adjoining a wetland scenic spot in southeastern Wuzhen is about 3km away from the well-known Xizha Tourist Area. It is a land of idyllic beauty and an oasis of serenity amid chaos.
The hotel boasts a building area of 25,162m2 with 126 villa-type suites. Its overall pattern takes villages south of the Yangtze River as its prototype, and retains the spatial forms, basic elements, architectural scales and color relations of traditional tribes. The tranquil water surface and pure architectural form are well coordinated, which perfectly reflects the multi-level and semi-transparent relations between buildings, between buildings and plants, as well as between buildings and water surface.
The architects also explored the possibility of traditional space reconstruction, and endowed streets, lanes, courtyards and other spatial types with new functions and spirits; meanwhile, the well-proportioned spaces full of twists and turns, usually seen in classic villages south of the Yangtze River, are still inherited in this project.
The hotel design followed the “minimalist” aesthetic tendency of Oriental culture, and the architect captured and extracted the concise, exquisite and silent aesthetic interest of buildings south of the Yangtze River, abandoned all straightforward decorative elements, and introduced fine materials, concise structures and quietly elegant colors with modern tones instead, so that individual buildings of pure forms can repetitively emerge and organically grow. This confrontation between “individual buildings” and “complicated cluster” constitutes the most important structural characteristic of traditional villages.
In the “imitation” and “reconstruction” of water towns south of the Yangtze River, the hotel has completed its inheritance of local culture and the spatial prototype of villages south of the Yangtze River, and tallied well with the special demands of the hotel for “unconventional” experience and “dramatic” scenarios. In such a unique architectural community, the history has encountered with the contemporary era, and the image of a modern village in organic growth appears vividly.