The design team of Hangzhou Qushui-Lanting explores the relationship between water and light with their exquisite design concept. The ultimate goal is to create a balanced environment to meet people's physical and spiritual needs.
Wang Bing, the principle designer and chief architect, would be delighted with a particular preference for associating bathing with spirituality - a lively ritual - to build community and connection and hence thought to be spared for an artistic renovation to the bathhouses in the conventional sense.
Qushui-Lanting Resort Hotel is located in the heart of Qianjiang Central Park in Hangzhou. The building has been distributed evenly with six large-scale blocks independently and mutually. Naturally applying the functionality and geometric form into space.
The space partition is defined by the various gray tone of concrete. The concrete exterior wall scattered randomly in the surroundings to show a unique sense of volume, constitute a new relationship with nature.
At the entrance, a combination of brass and concrete wall with water curtain divides the interior and exterior. The ribbon-shaped brass walls are not a mere work of installation art. It adds a touch of elegance and interest to space.
Brass walls are a cohesive and asymmetric rhythm to tone down the geometrical monotony of gray marbles and grayish materials. Brass could justifiably claim its responsibility for keeping a golden metallic hue in a humid clime. Smaller brass details, more often than not, are mixed with muted palettes in a modern domicile to display stylishness and genteelness.
With 'light' at its core, the design explores the possible ways of how light and space interact with one another. Wang Bing takes a principled stand to adopt light through all the spaces, so that’s to say, the hotel is an interesting exercise of visual textures. Quantitatively, He steers clear of the overdose of unwanted light; qualitatively, he drops a clear accent on the proper reflection of materials to contribute to the proper mood and atmosphere.
Light can depict the edge and draw the silhouette of an object, it can also partition space to bring fluidity into an area. When the light touches different materials in various shades and forms, it not only defines the boundaries but also conveys the logic of the space, creating a connection between the indoors and the outdoors.
The team would love to shed new light on the smart usage of natural light in a bid to make a balance spring into being. It is a balance to beautify the ambiance, pleasing each guest - water may portray a room as a compound of dynamicity and staticity, a state of tranquility and pacifying the minute light perches on the water and dance ensues - a guest could luxuriate in the relaxation in its fullness, fall into the reveries of a solitary being, or even commence pondering over a physical puzzle of time and space.