Shaoxing Hotel: A Harmonious Blend of Tradition and Modernity

U A D's Award-Winning Landscape Design Infuses Local Culture into Hotel Aesthetics

Shaoxing Hotel, a design by U A D, seamlessly integrates traditional charm and modern techniques to create a picturesque landscape that resonates with the local culture and environment of Shaoxing, an ancient city in China.

Located at the foot of Fushan Mountain, the hotel's landscape design is inspired by the concept of "green mountain and clear water". It aims to create a beautiful setting with luxuriant trees, elegant pines, and intoxicating seasonal sceneries. The design draws on traditional Chinese landscaping techniques such as "borrowing", "metaphorizing", and "analogy", to respond to the local historical context and environment through abstract expressions.

The unique properties of the design lie in its ability to unify old and new building volumes and integrate mountain-facing landscapes. The hotel achieves a transition from a generous welcoming atmosphere to an elegant and tranquil one. The landscapes inside the hotel unfold around Qingbai Courtyard, Ningcui Courtyard, and Tingyu Courtyard, which express the natural themes of mountain, water, and rain, respectively.

The grand landscapes composed of water, stones, and bonsai in Qingbai Courtyard appear like a quaint, vivid three-dimensional scroll painting in front of the hotel lobby. This is inspired by the painting the Hills of Kuaiji. On the other hand, Tingyu Courtyard reveals traditional charm through modern techniques. On rainy days, the drops on eaves fall into the waterscape, while stacked stones are gradually sunken. It's a romantic setting to listen to the rain and look up at distant mountains while sitting in front of the courtyard.

The project, which spans an area of 44624 square meters, was completed within a tight schedule of seven months. The biggest challenge was to connect the hotel with the local culture, create a dialogue with the site environment, and make upgrades based on the hotel's original style. These were also key points of the landscape design.

Shaoxing Hotel was awarded Silver in A' Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award in 2023. This prestigious award is rewarded to top-of-the-line, creative, and professionally remarkable designs that illustrate outstanding expertise and innovation. These designs, admired for their strong technical characteristics and splendid artistic skill, showcase a remarkable level of excellence and introduce positive feelings, amazement, and wonder.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: U A D
Image Credits: An Yanjun
Project Team Members: Wu Weiling Xu Conghua Wang Jietao Hu Huifeng Zhang Chi Tang Zerong Zhu Jing Ao Dandan Yao Haiyan He Ying Wu Di Lin Teng Gu Jingxian Huang Jingyi Liu Qing
Project Name: Landscape Design for Shaoxing
Project Client: U A D

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