Located in West Dharma Village, Fangshan District, Beijing, In S&N Resort is favorably sited amidst mountains and trees.The 1,700 m2 hotel is elaborately planned in staggered layout on an 800 m2 site, enjoying magnificent views. The project is replanned on the parcel of the original residential building as a two-floor waterfront homestay hotel. The overall design not only echoes with the form of the village at the physical level, but also strives to achieve the initial intention of dialogue between the mind and nature at the spiritual level. Inspired by the building structure of Naxi people’s houses in Yunnan Province, the architectural design adopts solid stone structure at the ground floor to block moisture and strengthen the foundation, realizing a continuity between the buildings, site and village. The building is constructed by local stonemasons with stones collected from the surrounding areas. The building design fully reflects the characteristics of the local region and the site. The second floor adopts light and flexible wood structure to create natural and livable interior spaces. The wood-stone combination makes the whole space more diversified and attractive. A total of 24 guestrooms are offered, including waterfront rooms and terraced rooms. The design maximizes the great views around the site and makes the building an integral part of the environment. Terraces are designed as platforms for guests to chat, drink tea and enjoy the beautiful scenery within a natural setting. The infinity pool in the hotel courtyard makes a perfect place for the hot summer. Inside the hotel, wide French windows in hotel rooms frame beautiful outdoor scenery, including the red bricks, blue water and green mountains into a live painting. Some interior walls of the hotel are decorated with exposed stones, highlighting the uniqueness of the generous space and creating a low-profile yet vibrant place. The elaborate design and placement of artworks inside the building reflect the taste of Oriental aesthetics. In such orderly spaces, people instantly become quiet and open-minded.With babbling streams and beautiful mountain views, the hotel releases a peaceful, calming, comfortable and relaxing feeling from inside out, interpreting what is called extreme romance of wild luxury. The landscape design, giving due respect to the existing landscape, primarily centers on renovation and softening the environment so that travelers can enjoy the tranquil and peaceful nature. The plain hotel form is well integrated into the surrounding environment; the unrestrained and generous layout, complete leisure facilities, luxurious and comfortable accommodation relax both the body and mind. Dharma Hotel is a perfect integration of the conflicting “wildness” and “luxury” and an expression of people's yearning for embracing nature. The high land level makes it a good place to watch the clouds, the sunrise and the sunset, smell the flowers, listen to forest winds and see the stars. It is an ideal destination for one to rest, relax and seclude from the bustling and hustling of cities.
Sun Dayong , founding partner & principal architect of Penda China.He developed a strong interest in contemporary architecture and art during his many years of work with Graft, a German firm, and his architectural travels in Europe, He founded Penda China in 2013 with the concept of “less is love” from an ecological standpoint. He stands up for the feasible solutions to establish an agreeable rapport between individuals and their surroundings through designs integrated with art.
Wan Shuyan,founding partner of Penda China, graduated from Jilin Jianzhu University and taught architecture for many years. With a keen interest in humanistic care of the architectural spaces, she emphasizes the integration of architecture and fashion. The fashionable, green and innovative designs of Penda China, led by her, have garnered many honours and extended actual influence within a worldwide scene.
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