The hotel's design was inspired by the breathtaking landscape of snow-capped mountains and lakes. It is designed to be unobtrusive, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The interior design is minimalistic, with the focus on nature, scenery, and space. This approach is in line with the philosophy of "veiled serenity" that the hotel embodies.
What sets the YS Retreat apart is its fusion of Han and Tibetan styles, coupled with a balance of commercial value and architectural aesthetics. The design subtly incorporates modern civilization and traditional culture, using Tibetan elements as a backdrop rather than the main theme. The hotel space is intended to promote mental relaxation, visual purification, and spiritual meditation.
The realization of the design involved the use of various materials and techniques. The glass was insulated and strengthened to withstand the snow load of the roof. Natural stones were painted with a protective layer, and old anti-corrosion wood was polished and reused. Outdoor wood wall panels were carbonized, and micro-cement was used as the main coating for walls. The use of original, undecorated wood as a main material reflects a rustic Tibetan style.
The design process faced several challenges, including the remote location and the need to transport most of the raw materials from the mainland. Despite these obstacles, the design team managed to realize their vision using locally available technology, materials, and a controllable budget.
The YS Retreat was awarded Silver in the A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2023. This prestigious award recognizes top-of-the-line, creative, and professionally remarkable designs that demonstrate outstanding expertise and innovation. The YS Retreat is a testament to Song Zhengxiang's ability to create a space that not only respects the natural environment but also provides a unique, tranquil experience for guests.
Project Designers: Song Zhengxiang
Image Credits: Yang Lei
Project Team Members: Song Zhengxiang
Project Name: YS Retreat
Project Client: Song Zhengxiang