urbanus: maillen hotel and apartment
 
urbanus: maillen hotel and apartment urbanus: maillen hotel and apartment
mar 06, 2012

urbanus: maillen hotel and apartment

‘maillen hotel and apartment’ by urbanus, shenzhen, china image © wu qiwei all images courtesy of urbanus

 

 

 

shenzhen and beijing-based firm urbanus have recently completed the ‘maillen hotel and apartment’, a residential complex and hotel accommodation positioned at the base of a hill in shekou within shenzhen, china. contained within a zigzagged footprint, over 25,000 square meters of usable interior space is constructed upon a 13,000 square meter site. returning to the fundamental ideals within chinese living as expressed in the saying ‘hills outside hills, and gardens inside gardens’, the continuous and repeating spaces and form evokes the imagery found in traditional villages and mountainous landscapes. accessed through intermittent vertical breaks, the relationships between nature and construct are blurred as dwellers enter vegetated courtyards.

 

growing out of the terraced and sloped landscape, the attached building volumes feature are placed at angles with rooflines which seamlessly transition from one volume to the next. each unit offers views to smaller courts with ponds, and gardens with bamboo, pine and plum blossoms. walkways pass over the water to link each area.

vegetated courtyards image © wu qiwei

pathways cross over ponds and pass gardens image © wu qiwei

angled roofline connects and continues from one volume to the next image © wu qiwei

(left) aerial view of lifted volume (right) pathway through internal courtyard images © wu qiwei

hotel image © wu qiwei

aerial view of the complex and surrounding context image © wu qiwei

model

floor plan / level 0

section

section

section

section

section

section

section

elevation

elevation

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: shekou, shenzhen, china site: 13.198 hec floor area: 25,142 sq.m design period: 2006-2007 construction period: 2007 client: shenzhen china merchants real-estates co., ltd

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    491,136 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample