2023 GFD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Future Zen boutique hotel | HHC Joint Studio and Shen Zhen University

The project is located in the northwest side of Jinjiaoyi Mountain, Jimei District, Xiamen City. At the foot of the mountain is an urban main road. There are canyons and streams in the mountain. The site is located in the middle of the mountain overlooking the whole area of Xiamen. The Zen of traditional Chinese culture and the possibility of future lifestyle are the biggest characteristics of this project. According to its positioning, the meditation venue has different internal functions. A Zen hall, guest rooms, a library and a restaurant are the main functional spaces.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Global Future Design Awards 2023

Future Zen boutique hotel
Future Building Design (Concept)

HHC Joint Studio, Shen Zhen University

He Ke, Liang Shaoqian, Cui Guangxun, Zhang Jun

Design Team
He Ke, Liang Shaoqian, Cui Guangxun, Zhang Jun, He Yanting, Liang Jiaming, Yuan Songzhou, Li Zhensike, Wu Kangrui, Liang Yongxin, Zhou Junle, Jiang Yueming, Qiu Hang, Ding Simin, Wang Siyi, Gao Xiong, Qin Shiyue, Yan Hao, Long Rong, Chen Jialuo, Huang Qingqing, Zhou Xiaomei, Li Sichi, Jiang Shuai, Zhang Wenfeng, He Jiaqi, Wu Suwan, Wang Xuejiao, Zhong Yunting, Wang Jiale

Project Location
Xiamen, Fujian province, China


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The project is not only a hotel, but also a meditation community where visitors can experience Zen. Zen is the quintessence of traditional Chinese culture, and an integration of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. The project’s design adopts the concept of “Fjuture Zen”, which highlights unprecedented experience brought by the combination of the popularization of meditation in traditional Chinese culture and the materialization of the future.

Walking along the path built, and ascending the steps, the guests will come across the Zen Hall. The Zen tea room in the mountain is a place for the guests to have a rest.

Along the way, the guests can see sculptures like energy crystals, but inside there is a whole new world. The first floor is a Zen teahouse, inviting guests to have some leisure time talking with friends, sitting around to taste tea, and enjoying life. The second floor is for a Zen meditation space, in which irregular intelligent glass reflects the sunlight in varied forms. The smart glass is able to adapt to the climate and temperature to control the ventilation. Lighting intensity is calculated to make color changes. Sitting in the space and look up, the artistic kaleidoscope on the top will bring the guests into more deep thinking.

Each guestroom is a separate meditation space with a view to the mountain. The design team tries to adopt the most concise way to build a connection between the future and Zen. The guest rooms are designed in different angles: one side represents the future with light and the other side represents Zen with wood. Each room is equipped with a robot control system, which allows for the centralized management and control of various equipment such as acoustics, lighting and electricity. A smart system for constant indoor humidity, air quality and temperature is also incorporated into the guestrooms.

One of the major design challenges is how to coordinate the site’s complicated topography with the diverse building forms and how to make connections between the buildings. Based on this, the design team works out a solution that organizes the buildings following the mountain terrain and creates vary views along the way. The entire architectural complex is divided into three poetic scenes.

In the first scene, there is a delicately constructed floating forest walkway, seemingly weaving its way through branches and dappled light; a terraced landscape plaza that embodies culture and folklore; a reindeer farm with sprawling greenery, surrounded by mountains and rivers, like a reflection of the stars and the moon; a spa that resembles wide oceans and delicate rivers; and a tranquil meditation hall that heals the soul.

In the second scene, there is the Zen Hall with ancient charm and a high elevation, the tea house featuring stone and brick walls, red doors and a classical atmosphere, and the restaurant designed with unique AR effects to match the cuisine.

In the third scene, the Bagua, the highlight of the complex, is a secret hidden in history that few can interpret.

The main building volumes are made from local wood and stones. The modular room units are a combination of local renewable timber and new modern green building materials, which can be automatically assembled and disassembled by robots, allowing for recycle of materials and flexible adjustment of interior layout. A rainwater recycling system and a solar energy system are installed along the mountain area, to ensure the use of renewable energy and the reduction of energy consumption in building operation, hence enhancing sustainability of the project.