UDAD Awards 2019

Winner- Nanshanli Hotel | Linjian Design Studio

The project is located in the South Bank Scenic Area of Chongqing City, China.”Nanshanli” in Chinese means “Inside south mountain”.  The original site is a 20 mu old courtyard, which is a few random single buildings at the end of the last century. The terrain is very undulating and the vegetation is dense. Therefore, the rich level of natural environment is our greatest advantage, and the difficulty of old buildings transformation is our greatest challenge.


Winner – Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2019
Firm | Linjian Design Studio
Category | Hospitality Hotel Design
Team | Zhao Yang, Ma Sitong, Guan Ji, Wang Zijun, Song Jiawen, Cai Chengkai
Country | China

Chongqing in our impression: the mountains rise and fall steeply, the mountains are foggy, and the bamboo forests are surrounded by clusters.

Our inspiration source comes from the outline of mountains, fog, bamboo forests and sky clouds. We hope that we can reconstruct the outline between nature and the buildings. The material and form are between the buildings and nature, give the mountain a new level and give the buildings a more natural experience. The fog in the forest, we hope that this unique landscape can be viewed from every perspective of the architectural space.

We hope that the relationship between the buildings and nature is symbiotic, so the materials we use and space experience are as simple as possible, original ecological. In building materials, we try to use local dry bamboo and brick, showing the effect of white walls, glass, plants, we hope that it is part of the mountains, rather than the miniature steel city in the jungle.

Because the original buildings are different in height, angle, and relationship between front and back, which is a combination of their own affairs, without overall coherence, the actual use and space feeling are greatly limited, so in addition to sorting out the spatial relationship of each space, our renovation action mainly focuses on “adding an outdoor corridor” to connect all buildings and users from the function. Starting from the lobby, you can get to any position of the building without any stairs, and shuttle freely between buildings and tree tops. From the sense of experience, the boundary between the vegetation surrounding the building or the vegetation surrounding the building is blurred, and the architectural language and the natural landscape can be better integrated.

All the trees here are preserved and the buildings are the result of reconstruction on the basis of the original buildings. So in many places, we can only let the buildings “walk around the trees” in order not to destroy the original vegetation,

although it adds great difficulty to our work.But the texture of the remaining vegetation can not be imitated.

We hope that there will be some small scenery in every corner of the public space, so that people walking in the space can see little surprises everywhere.