..................Adds-oN // TeMPle HoTeL ..........................................................................................................................


Fact sheet

PROJECT :
Add-on // temple hotel

CREDIT :
Benjamin Beller

SITE :
Temple Hotel // Beijing

STATUS :
Consultancy / concept design

SIZE :
270m² indoor

CLIENT :
Juan Van Wassenhove

PROGRAM :
Outdoor and indoor refurbishement (parts)

 

 

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The Temple Hotel is a former monastic complex dating from Ming Dynasty and located just few hundred meters north of the Forbidden city in Beijing. Since 2010, BaO undertook a series of consultancy missions ranging from masterplanning to hotel rooms interior design for the client who has been transforming the complex into an event and hotel space. The Add-oN project was focused on a former industrial sturcture located in the south corner of the complex and that had to be transformed to shelter an art installation from james Turrell.

The re-building process was already underway when BaO was asked to propose solutions for reshuffling the spaces. The design primarly consisted of making wooden box-like additions that were to contrast with the monoblock brick building. As a way to respond to James Turrell's installation that utilizes a mobile appartus on the roof to open-up the space toward the infinity of the sky, parts of the Adds-on were sliding sideways to open-up views and theatrically reveal the spaces.

Indoor spaces were reworked with the idea that the Adds-on would become interior Adds-in. Those simple additions were restructuring the spaces and circulations with the prerequisite that, since the building was already under construction, only minimal changes could be implemented. Parts of the design were built only few hours after the drawings were made whereas others were left aside because of the obvious complexity of the situation.

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