Floating Hotel Building, Anji County Accommodation Development, Chinese Architecture Images

Floating Hotel Anji County

Building for Huazhang Real Estate Development Ltd near Shanghai, China design by MORE Architecture

5 July 2019

Floating Hotel in Anji County, Huzhou

Architects: MORE Architecture

Location: Anji County, city of Huzhou, northwestern Zhejiang province, People’s Republic of China

Floating Hotel by MORE

Floating Hotel by MORE
Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang

In mountainous Anji, a rural hideout three hours from Shanghai, MORE Architecture designed a boutique hotel floating between the hills. The structure topped out in the midst of the bamboo forest.

Concept model
Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang

Anji is a hilly and bamboo rich county, consisting of an urban centre and a dozen villages around it. The region is the green heart of the most urbanized area in the world: the Yangtze River Delta. It has around eighty million urban residents – similar to the total population of Germany – within a radius of three hours.

Floating above the bamboo
Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang

Tourism is currently one of the biggest drivers of rural China. After nearly four decades of industrialization and urbanization, the massive Chinese middle class has time and money to spend: the ultimate preconditions for tourism. Chinese people flee their megacities on the weekend and are attracted by rural life.

Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang

The floating hotel will be the first building in the rocky area of Dachangping, in the south of rural Anji. It will serve as a space for weddings and events. ‘We used the traditional idea of the large roof that brings people together’, explains architect Daan Roggeveen.

Below this folded roof, the architects created four different areas: a lobby, a yoga space, a restaurant and an event space for weddings and the like, overlooking a dramatic gorge. Visitors move from one to another area through the outdoors, to let them engage with nature and the surroundings all the time.

The eighteen rooms of the hotel sit below the main functions. There are three different room types in the hotel – single loaded, double loaded and rooms at the corners. Some rooms are extremely wide, others extremely long with windows on both sides. The outdoor corridor meanders along the rooms. ‘We wanted to play with the idea of the hotel room, and create unique places on such a special location’, says Roggeveen.

Columns elevate the building
Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang

Steel columns elevate the hotel eight meter above the mountain. The swimming pool sits hidden in the mountain, with the hotel hovering above. Expected opening of the hotel: Summer 2020.

Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang – Building Information

Location Shanghai, China
Design MORE Architecture
Client Huazhang Real Estate Development Ltd
Structure / MEP / HVAC 华东院 / ECADI
Area 6,000 sqm
Design 2015 – 2017
Status Under Construction

Design Team:
Partner in Charge: Daan Roggeveen

Concept / SD
Sander Marino, Xue Guangjie, Adrian Briega Muñoz, Lai Zheheng, Jack Li

Emilio Wang, Sander Marino, Jui-Heng Chuang, Sun Furui, Pedro Martins

Emilio Wang, Lina Peng, Mari Moldre

North Facade
Floating Hotel Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang

About MORE
MORE Architecture is a multidisciplinary firm founded by Daan Roggeveen and Robert Chen. Based in Shanghai and Amsterdam, MORE strives to create contemporary notions of collectivity in the projects it works on globally.

MORE recently finished mixed-use building Jiaxing Island (with AIM Architecture), contemporary art gallery BANK in Shanghai, the headquarters for MINTH Group and a fashion store in downtown Shanghai.

Current projects include a canal house in Amsterdam, private museum Ginkgo Gallery and an office interior in Ningbo (all under construction).

With journalist Michiel Hulshof, Roggeveen initiated the Go West Project, a think-tank focusing on emerging megacities. In 2011, they published the acclaimed book How the City Moved to Mr Sun – China’s New Megacities. In 2017, Daan Roggeveen published Progress and Prosperity – The Chinese City as Global Urban Model.

MORE was included in the AD100, the list of 100 most influential design firms in China.

MORE Architecture | Lauriergracht 116R Amsterdam | 406 Jianguo Xi Lu Shanghai

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Location: Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China

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