folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china

MORE Architecture’s Floating Hotel emerges from bamboo forest

 

In the mountainous region of Anji, China, MORE Architecture designs Floating Hotel, a boutique hotel that appears to hover above the bamboo forests. Located three hours from Shanghai, this structure creates an immersive relationship with its natural surroundings.

 

Over the past four decades, China has rapidly urbanized, resulting in densely populated cities. As domestic tourism grows, city dwellers seek rural retreats, finding solace in nature. The Floating Hotel addresses this demand, marking the first development in Dachangping, a bamboo-rich area in southern Anji, part of the Yangtze River Delta.

 

The hotel features a large, striking roof reminiscent of traditional Chinese architecture, designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding mountains. This zinc roof covers four transparent collective spaces: the lobby, a yoga room, a restaurant, and an event space, all offering views of the dramatic valley. The design promotes a smooth transition between nature and architecture, with guests moving under the roof, across terraces, and between glass-enclosed rooms.

 

The project is captured by architectural photographer Kris Provoost.

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
all images by Kris Provoost

 

 

steel structure elevates Floating Hotel above the mountains

 

The hotel’s eighteen rooms are uniquely located beneath the main amenities, accessible via outdoor staircases. This design eliminates closed corridors, maintaining constant contact with the environment. The architects defied conventional hotel layouts, opting for three room types: single-loaded rooms with dual views, double-loaded rooms with expansive views, and corner suites offering views in two directions. An outdoor corridor winds past these rooms, enhancing the connection to nature.

 

The challenge of elevating the building above the mountains led to the use of a steel structure. The zinc roof accentuates the building’s folded design and will age beautifully over time. To create a warm atmosphere, the designers at MORE selected wood for floors, ceilings, and room fittings. Custom-designed wooden furniture, including beds and tables, complements terrazzo desks and bars. Steel columns elevate the hotel eight meters above the hills, creating a dramatic space underneath that houses a swimming pool and changing rooms, allowing nature to flow uninterrupted beneath the building.

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
Floating Hotel by MORE Architecture appears to hover above the bamboo forests of Anji

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
the boutique hotel creates an immersive relationship with its natural surroundings

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
the striking zinc roof is reminiscent of traditional Chinese architecture and blends with the mountains

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
the roof covers four transparent collective spaces: the lobby, a yoga room, a restaurant, and an event space

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designed to transition smoothly between nature and architecture, collective spaces offer dramatic valley views

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
the hotel’s eighteen rooms are located beneath the main amenities, accessible via outdoor staircases

floating-hotel-more-architecture-china-designboom-1800-2

the design eliminates closed corridors, ensuring constant contact with the environment

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china

folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china
folded zinc roof undulates atop floating hotel by more architecture in china

 

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project info:

 

name: Floating Hotel
architect: MORE Architecture | @more.architecture

lead designer: Daan Roggeveen

design team: Robert Chen, Sander Marino, Xue Guangjie, Adrian Briega Muñoz, Lai Zheheng Jui-Heng Chuang, Sun Furui, Emilio Wang, Pedro Martins, Lina Peng, Mari Moldre Bernie Wang, Mae Szto, Jeffrey Kuo

client: Huazhang Real Estate Development

structure/ MEP/ HVAC: ECADI Contractor – Zhejiang Dadongwu Construction Company

surface area: 6,000 sqm

location: Anji, China

photography: Kris Provoost | @krisprovoost

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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