Frosted walls and steel latticework to light up a guest house in Guangzhou

kooo architects renovated a 7-storey building in the old city center of Guangzhou, enhancing the restoring qualities of the local subtropical climate.

The new guest house designed by Japanese firm kooo architects in Guangzhou welcomes visitors into six double-height suites enclosed by a glazed glass facade that allows for natural light to get in.

The 7-storey building was divided in half, with the first three floors re-arranged in a single triple-hight hall punctuated by two volumes on the ceiling – each hosting a room – in a puzzle of voids and solids. The remaining four floors have been unified in order to create two double-hight floors each containing two large rooms, each with a very generous floor plan.

Kooo architects, Hotel Far&Near Nanhao St., Guangzhou, China, 2019
Kooo architects, Hotel Far&Near Nanhao St., Guangzhou, China, 2019

Each room hosts a volume for the bathroom, with a large bed on top, leaving space for a lounge area. The roof has been transformed into an open air terrace to enjoy the lavish subtropical weather of South-East China, consisting of long summers and warm winters.

“Here, people’s lives are not confined to just indoors,” explain the architects. “Public activities extended to the streets allow everyone to take advantage of the climate and the greenery. Therefore, we didn’t want to have a visual interruption and designed a way to enjoy the abundant natural light.”

The lobby features a latticework-wall made of galvanized steel that washes the interior with soft shades and diffused light. Interiors give an industrial impression with the bathrooms’ steel walls and sanded concrete on floors and ceilings, contrasted by wooden cladding to enclose the sleeping areas.

Project:
Hotel Far&Near Nanhao St.
Program:
guest house
Architects:
kooo architects
Lead architects:
Kojima Shinya, Kojima Ayaka
Team:
Hongdi Lin, Han Wang
Area:
736 sqm
Completion:
2019

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