Studio: Vector Architects
Project: Alila Yangshuo
Location: Yangshuo, China
Credit: Chen Hao, Su Shengliang
Alila Yangshuo is located in a col near Li River in Yangshuo. An old sugar mill built in 1960s is preserved, with an industrial truss used for sugar cane transport. The industrial heritage represents the spirit of older generation, and became the premise of the project.
OLD AND NEW
Flanked with newly-added suite building and villa, the sugar mill and industrial truss occupy the centre. The sunken plaza and pond accentuate the spiritual symbolism and significance of the original structure. To create consistency, we use hollow concrete block and wood-formed cast-in-place concrete to make the new volume more light and transparent. Roof slope is also consistent.
Sugar mill, industrial truss, new volumes and path provide spaces of different kinds for guests to wander. One of the circulations being functional corridor system while the other serving as a public walkway, connecting three node spaces. Guests can experience the alternation of light and dark, change of framed landscape view.
MAN-MADE AND NATURAL
The site is surrounded by karst peaks, facing Li River to the south and a driveway to the north. Horizontality of architecture and verticality of mountain shows interaction between the man-made and the natural. The public walkway is artificialized pathway. The ‘caves’ are located and connect architectural space with natural mountain scope.