GLR hotel

Year: 2013
Size: 10,000 m2
Type: hotel
Status: schematic design
Location: Guilin, Guangxi, China
Client: Guilinren Group

Partners in charge: Chen Chen, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino
Design team: Maria Francesca Di Alessandro, Yang Xue, Jing Li, Aniruddha Mukherjee, Dong Liu

This renovation project aims at transforming a large empty building, originally planned to host several restaurants, into a boutique hotel with 100 bedrooms and several public services.

The new program imposed important modifications to the facade, the creation of a swimming pool that occupies a large part of the courtyard and the addition of new volumes on the higher levels. These punctual interventions unfortunately increased the original volumetric fragmentation of the structure. The construction of a layer of blades that partially wraps the old façade and bends into a fluid continuous roof creates a coherent envelope and a totally new identity for the building.

The blades also provide shading, while allowing natural ventilation for the rooms and the higher terraces, responding to the characteristics of the tropical climate of Guilin. Furthermore, the interstitial space between the façade and the new skin gave the opportunity to create a series of public and private terraces with good views towards the amazing landscape of the region.



这个百叶层同时具备调节微气候的功能。它在遮阳的同时允许建筑的自然通风,适应桂林亚热带气候日照强烈的特点。同时,旧有立面与新表皮之间的半围合空间,形成半公共半私密的空间体验, 也为这一区域注入新的景观活力元素。