Designed as a temporary space for weary travellers, this hotel in Chengdu bucks the hectic urban sprawl, opting for quiet sophistication on the outskirts of the city. With a minimalist mindset, interior design practice Archetype Design Organization has extensively renovated the three-storey building balancing mid-century modern and traditional Chinese influences with strict Bauhaus-style functionality.
The charcoal wooden facade feels brutalist in structure but organic in materiality. Acting as a shelter, it connects to the original building with mustard tiles peeping out from the discreet entrance. The tiles follow through to the reception, their geometric shapes plastered across the walls and a curved ceiling.
Careful consideration is placed on function in this design as Archetype explores daily life through the shape of space. Characterised by clean lines, and uncluttered rooms, traditional hotel amenities like a bar, gym, restaurants and office area are visually presented in a new way to allow living, playing, working and socialising to all sit in concise harmony.
Inside a palette of earthy hues and natural materials like dark wood, stone and ceramics soften the rigid formality of the rectilinear forms. Slim rectangular floor and wall tiles contrast with the organic texture of wood grain and marble veining. Dimly lit in the public areas guests are guided by a warm glow that envelops them into the welcoming and comforting atmosphere.
From the sphere’s in the foyer to the frosted oval inserts in the balustrade, rounded details juxtapose with the right-angled composition. Besides being bright and airy the guest rooms don’t divert from this existing program, a caramel leather headboard and accents of red mingle with the signature dark wood, beige tiles and brown marble.
Cinematic in execution, Buda oozes with understated elegance. Luxuriously minimalist, this fit for purpose hotel may not be big, but as Archetype categorises, it “fits like a glove”.
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