GEEMU Resort is a boutique hotel that explores local culture through community building and a child-friendly design. It is located in the ethereal town of Yangshuo, China, on a former self-built structure. The project explores the strategies to transform an archetypal building into an architectural and community significance.
With the opening of high-speed train station in early 2016, Xingping County suddenly rose to be a tourism destination in southern China. Hotels and guesthouses have been sprouting alongside the river, and local residents have since built many concrete houses in hopes of leasing them to visitors.
In the context of GEEMU’s conception, when we initially arrived at the site, we were at loss with the banality and low-efficiency of the given space. It was located perhaps too close to the hill and its volume was a bit imposing in contrast to the small rural houses that surrounded it.
The strategy was to accept the existing conditions and establish co-existence with the new. Constrained by structure and changing conditions of property rights, the main part of the building is maintained as a living space, as originally envisioned, while new programs protrude out in smaller boxes, posing conversational gestures with its surrounding, and compromising its scale. The main facade is finished with granite-stucco coating, while the boxes are earth-colored to mark their difference.
The ground floor has an impressive permeability, due to its original height and large span, the concrete frames were all optimized tectonically. The new lobby area inherits and celebrates this ambiguity of indoor-outdoor, by integrating the reception, dinning and service areas to the west, maximizing the public space with theater, playground, reading room and more. Furthermore, the sliding doors and large 4x3m glass doors create versatile and generous stage for future events.
There are few spaces in the structural system to maneuver above ground floor, however, the renovation divides the middle room as an addition to the side rooms, creating a child scaled bedroom and play area within a suite, which is connected to the atrium and free from regular circulation. Interiorized relationships with surroundings are molded by walls, glasses and brick glasses.
▼结构加固也是空间重塑的方式，Reshaping the space by structural reinforcement
The atrium, introduced as a vertical intervention to change horizontal organization of the plan transformed the previously dark hallways into a lit up space and full of possibilities. With two long slides, the atrium provides new dynamics and breaks the regular circulation and connect the floors as one space. The division of the middle room and installation of core-wall established the principles of structural reinforcement.
GEEMU doesn’t seek standardized residence and service, but a new comfort zone in between hotel and kindergarten. The space inspires curiosity and interaction through details. In contrast with the fragmented digital age, the building paints a distant yet consoling vision of innocence and intimacy.
项目名称：GEEMU积木酒店 项目地点：中国广西省桂林市阳朔兴坪镇 占地面积：1,000 m² 建筑面积：1,194 m² 设计时间：2017年11月-2018年11月 建成时间：2019年5月 建筑、室内及景观设计：梓集 设计团队：左龙、Alex Lara、李昌锭、陈露冰、赖钊琪、林仕成、程梅、唐一凡、姜云洁 结构与机电顾问：雷振海 施工方：王占军、李彦庚等 摄影师：张超、刘景媛、田阳 微信公众号：GEEMU2019 公司网站：fabersociety.com
Name: GEEMU Resort Location: Xingping County, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China Status: Completed Site Area: 1,000 sqm Floor Area: 1,194 sqm Year: May 2019 Design: fabersociety Team: Long Zuo, Alex Lara, Changding Li, Lubin Chen, Zhaoqi Lai, Shicheng Lin, Mei Cheng, Yifan Tang, Yunjie Jiang Photography: Chao Zhang, Jingyuan Liu, Yang Tian Construction: Zhenhai Lei WeChat: GEEMU2019 Website: fabersociety.com