Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat

Best Implemented Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
Situated in close proximity to Yangzhou’s Slender West Lake, the design brief calls for the adaptive reuse of several old buildings to house new functions, while adding new buildings to accommodate the hotel’s capacity needs. To unify these scattered elements, Neri&Hu overlaid a grid of walls and paths onto the site to tie the entire project together. The resulting organization creates multiple courtyard enclosures, a modern reinterpretation of the courtyard house typology in vernacular Chinese architecture. Within the walls, which are constructed entirely with reclaimed grey bricks, several of the courtyards are occupied as guest rooms and shared amenities, while others are left unoccupied, serving as pockets of lush gardens. visitors traverse the site using the walled pathways; they can also ascend through the openings above to gain privileged vantage points that look out across the gridded landscape, and beyond to the surrounding lakes.

1 Baocheng Road, Hanjiang District, Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China

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Additional information
The Architecture Record, US, May 2019, P89-95

Applicant and authors of the project
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office.
Founded in 2004 by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai. The practice’s burgeoning global portfolio includes commissions from master planning and architecture, to interior design, installation, furniture, product, branding and graphic works. The diversity of the team reinforces a core practice vision: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

Other participants
Customer: Tsingpu