the yuansu resort in the hot springs of the wuyi mountains, the central part of zhejiang province, china, aims to be part of the local community by attracting day-trippers to the restaurants, cafes, specialty retail shops, and artist-in-residence studios. at the same time, it wants to offer its guests staying in one of the villas a sense of ‘being alone in nature’. beijing-based designers CLOU architects has been tasked to design the 15.000 square meters boutique mountain resort which includes over 80 villas.


hot spring spa building bridging over the water

 

 

following the winding path along the valley creeks, CLOU has designed a chain of amenity pavilions that bridge across the valley, which define thresholds and zones within the masterplan. ‘the masterplan explores the parallel relationship of architecture and water, offering a bodily and profound experience to the guests,’ says jan f. clostermann, the director of CLOU.


spa building with natural swimming pool

 

 

the main road flows into an open fishing pavilion spanning over the river — it is intended to maintain the river as a local fishing ground and to offer this practice as a part of the guest experience. next up is a welcome pavilion connecting the hilly banks of the creek where guests park their cars and continue on foot or buggy. this building houses a café and flower shop, demarcating the public area of the resort. the welcome pavilion frames the view of other amenities on site, including local crafts shops, galleries, a tea tree maze, multi-purpose halls, tea houses, and a chinese restaurant.

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at night the reception area of the welcomecentere becomes part of the bar

 

 

the reception building bridges across the center of the lake at the mountain root, creating a more private zone beyond where the guest villas and services are located. the open plan concept of the concrete building seeks to provide a sense of informality between guests and staff. in the best tradition of brutalist concrete architecture, it presents an open ‘neutral space’ for guests to inhabit while encouraging a casual holiday lifestyle. the pavilion includes check-in areas, a bar, and an all-day dining restaurant with a large terrace cantilevering over the water. 


view of the hotel lobby

 

 

the spa pavilion is located in the eastern valley above a natural hot spring — pathways on an existing clearing at the south side of the lake connect a natural swimming pool with public spa buildings, a library, a children’s center, and a group of nine tea house pavilions. meanwhile, the ambition for the accommodations was to ensure the most privacy and an uninterrupted view of untouched nature. built on slopes of up to 45 degrees, the villas are two-level concrete frames accommodating a separate living room, bedroom, and an exterior natural hot spring bath. their raw concrete austerity provides the setting for an ambiance of spare luxury. 


all-day dining restaurant

 


the library – a quiet place for guests to take in the scenic landscape

 


materials such as zinc clad roofs, rammed earth walls and cedarwood claddings will form a patina as nature reclaims its territory over time

 

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large glazed openings on both sides of the lodges provide framed views into the valley

 


hillside villa bedroom

 


photo of the existing bamboo forest on site

 

CLOU architects builds concrete yuansu resort in chinese mountains designboom
masterplan arrangement

 

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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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