In 2015-2017, IDO has completed two design hotels (called Munwood Lakeside and Munwood Panorama) in Dali, Yunnan, in collaboration with Chongqing Hexin Architectural Design Institute. We played a dual role in the project since we were our own client. We participated in all stages of that project, from planning and site selection to design, construction and operation. Now, the architects have returned to their permanent residence in Chongqing and started a design journey back to the local area. As a real architectural evaluation, the feedback accumulated by the clients in the previous construction of Munwood has become the most reliable design basis and power of Chongqing Munwood.
Munwood Resort is located in Yufeng Mountain, southeast of Yubei District of Chongqing, which is a place with perfect infrastructure and rich natural tourism resources. Yufeng Mountain, as "Yubei first peak", preserves the ancient Great Wall, the ancient city gate that repaired with stone in Guangxu period, the time-honored Yongfu Temple, Baoshen cave and other cultural landscape. The site is surrounded by Yufengshan Forest Park, which covers an area of 18,000 mu. The forest park has the largest forest coverage area and the best vegetation preservation in the suburbs of Chongqing. Moreover, it has the name of natural oxygen bar and is a health and holiday resort with most resources and potential in suburb of Chongqing.
Munwood Resort covers an area of about 280 mu, and is a suburban idyllic complex project integrating new agriculture, idyllic sightseeing, natural education and tourism. In the first phase, the main hotel has a total construction area of about 3,500㎡, with three floors on the ground and a negative floor combined with the terrain elevation difference. There are 24 guest rooms in total and the public area includes reception hall, multi-function hall, infinity pool, breakfast restaurant, chess and cards room and kitchen.
The main building is designed with the "wave of wheat field" as the design intention. The wavy architectural form is in harmony with the natural mountain landscape of Yufeng Mountain, and the building becomes an organic extension of the natural place, echoing the undulating mountain and expressing the attitude of integration and closeness with nature.
At the same time, the undulating and continuous curved roof breaks the building into multiple blocks, reducing the sense of huge volume of the building and helping to reduce its scale impact on the natural landscape. The curved roof of the building also creates a variety of changes in the interior space of the building, which creates new "opportunities" for the guest rooms. In particular, the "vault" guest rooms on the top floor are designed in combination with the architectural shape to create a unique holiday and spatial experience.
The locality of Munwood Resort is reflected in many aspects: the first is to establish the anchoring relationship between the building and the site. The site is located on the hillside with complex terrain, and the maximum height difference within the site is more than 10 meters. In order to minimize the impact on the environment, the main body of the building is built in accordance with the trend of the mountain, and the overall layout presents a broken line form from north to south.
In terms of spatial division, the north area is taken as the main entrance and public space. This area creates a good public space atmosphere by combining with natural landscape elements such as mountains and woods on higher ground. The southern building mainly serves as the guest room area, while the rooms have a south-easterly view of the landscape and provide opportunity for guests to enjoy the sunrise from the top of the mountain.
In the design of the vertical space of the building, combined with the sloping terrain, the negative layer is designed as the functional area of entertainment room, equipment room, linen room and so on. We restrained the use of this part of functional space to avoid too much damage to the terrain. Through the filling of architectural space, the height difference between the main body and the mountain is resolved, so that the building is anchored in the complex site terrain.
The theme of the series of Munwood hotels is "Slow down, go to life". Munwood Lakeside and Munwood Panorama, two projects that located near Erhai Lake in Dali, are designed to establish a multi-dimensional space-time connection between people and landscape for guests. In Chongqing Yufeng Mountain, the narrative dimension is similar but different from the previous two projects.
When guests steps into the hotel, what they see is not the whole appearance of the building, but only the public areas that appear instinctively in the mountains, the trees, forming a sense of "hide". Walk down the winding entrance ramp to the lobby space on the first floor, and the glass interface around allows people to fully appreciate the mountain scenery. The interior space is integrated with the landscape and architecture, and flows and transforms into each other.
After leaving the lobby space on the first floor, guests walk up the stairs and enter the raised platform in the common area on the second floor: what catches your eye is the grey space formed by the quiet water and four bamboo umbrellas. The symmetrical bamboo umbrella and mirror water frame the beautiful scenery of the mountain forest like a picture frame. This is a quiet space full of Zen, where people must take photos, and also provides the hotel with possibility of outdoor wedding place thanks to its "ritual sense".
Leave the public area, walk to the guest room along the corridor, and the sunlight shines on the ground through the grille on one side of the corridor. The wonderful light and shadow make the space relaxing and comfortable. The experience of the public space in Munwood Resort is continuous and situated on different elevations. We provide a "walking path" for the guests, while making the mountain scenery more attractive after the "framing" and "reconstruction" of the building.
There are 24 guest rooms in Munwood Resort, including a total of 6 types of room. As for interior space design, the relevance of the landscape is reflected in the design of each type of room. Also, the wavy shape of the building creates many new opportunities for the interior space. For example, we cleverly use "vault room" at the top to create unique holiday spatial experience on the third floor of the hotel, while several second-floor guest rooms located in the extension area of wave-shaped inclined board set their bathrooms under the inclined board in an independent state, adding the local plant landscape, and presenting a natural ecological atmosphere under the light mapping.
The free style layout of the guest room, with sunken seat steps, stairs and other rich sense of spatial level, echoes the rugged characteristics of the mountain. The interior form is flexible in the change of reality and illusion: the rough texture of the wall, combined with the application of wood and plants, continues the plain artistic conception of the site and the local architectural texture, forming a spatial dialogue between inside and outside, and integrating nature with urban life.