Located in Fuzhou, the capital of hot springs, Minggu Hotel is called “the city living in hot springs”. Fuzhou hot springs has a long and rich history, and has been famous throughout the country since the beginning of the Jin Dynasty. In the Northern Song Dynasty, Fuzhou built up more than 40 pools of Guantang (hot spring pools for officials) and Mintang (hot spring pools for civilians). 7 hot spring pools built before Tang Dynasty have lasted till now. Among the historic hot springs museum, Minggu Hotel has completed the contemporary interpretation of the ancient hot spring tradition. It brings the pleasure of being surrounded by mountains and rivers within the city walls. The Sun Moon Valley Group which is hold Minggu hotel has constantly created the charm of bathing by professional service.
▼户外温泉区鸟瞰，aerial view of the outdoor bathing area
The project as a whole is in the space atmosphere of the “Valley”. The designers have constructed the beauty of the shade of the sun and the hazy of the moon. Isolated from the noisy city, the independent space is self-contained. Minggu Hotel is the valley hidden in the city of Fuzhou. The gully, stone, water, bamboo and wood form a quiet and secluded atmosphere, while the geothermal energy and the river of stars fill the air with a lazy breath.
▼石、水、竹、木构成酒店幽静的氛围基调，the gully, stone, water, bamboo and wood form a quiet and secluded atmosphere
由一个 “水火交融”的等候厅引领进入温泉贵宾区，等候厅空间小而精致，设计富有禅意，幽幽火苗流水萦绕的主景观设计透着一种静谧的氛围，磨砂墨玉质石材的地面高级、典雅，暗色磨砂帘隔绝外界，形成私密而紧凑的空间；顶棚布满密纹浮雕，有心人也许能辨认出那是古福州城地图；俯仰之间、目光所及，尽是细节设计用心之处。18间温泉客房全都以树命名，榕、檀、松、衫……等等, 每间客房都配有可至少容纳2人的豪华泡池，白色水磨石泡池由一整块石材挖空磨成，颜色简洁素雅。
The Hotel is divided into public bathing area and the guest room area. Through the “water and fire” waiting hall, you may come into the guest room area. The waiting hall is small and delicate, designed with Zen. The main landscape design of faint flames and flow of water reveals a tranquil atmosphere. The floor of matte ink jade is elegant and supreme; the dark matte curtain isolates you from the outside world, which forms a private and compact space. The ceiling is densely embossed. People may recognize that it is a map of the ancient Fuzhou City. The design is full of details if you may notice. The 18 rooms are all named after trees, like fig, wingceltis, pine, fir and so on. Each room is equipped with luxurious bubble pool which can at least accommodate 2 guests. The white terrazzo bubble pool is hollowed out of a single piece of stone, simple and elegant.
▼酒店贵宾区门厅，lobby of the guest room area
▼通往客房的走廊，corridor leading to the guest rooms
▼客房内部，interior of the guest room
Walking through the quiet path between the bamboo forest and the water walls, you can faintly notice the old tiles in the cracks of the wall, carrying mottled green moss. All the details turn around the time casually. Designer Sun Jianhua once said, “The current nature of the design, built between the past and the future, is now dynamic.” At Minggu Hotel, who can tell the feeling is the past or the future? A turn at end of the path, led to the public bathing area lobby. The wooden steps of the old boat are under your feet; the plant wall is hidden behind the sofas; the ground of black jade as if water and ink painting; and the stars on the ceiling merge into Minjiang River, the mother river of Fuzhou. The river of stars extends into the dressing area of male and female.
▼通往温泉大堂的引道，the quiet path leading to the lobby of the bathing area
▼温泉大堂入口及接待台，entrance and reception of the bathing area lobby
▼温泉大堂内部，lobby of the bathing area
▼室内温泉池，interior bathing area
▼黑色石材带来厚重感，the matte black stone of the pools bring steadiness and dignity
The water wall element also appears in the outdoor bathing area. Due to the different topography of the various pools, the water wall connects each pool and path, forming the atmosphere of waterfalls and streams in the valley. The matte black stone of the pools bring steadiness and dignity. The light reflected by the water, the steam in the air, the natural light and shadow created by the wall of diatom mud and the sparse plants resulting in a natural shelter, create the perfect private bathing space. The bathing area is connected to SPA leisure area. Along the sound of water into the depth of the “Valley”, you may find 11 SPA rooms. The walls and furniture are mainly decorated with bamboo, and the warmth of the spring contains the bamboo fragrance.
▼通往spa区的走廊，corridor leading to the spa
▼spa接待区，reception of the spa
The position of Minggu Hotel by the designers is to pursue the contrast between light and shade, and produce the poetic space of different experiences. The “shade of the sun” and the “hazy of the moon” are the atmosphere features conveyed in different sections. The opening of the Chinese character “谷” (which means “valley” in English) is a kind of enclosure, a unique quiet place in the complicated metropolis. The courtyard space avoids the interference, increases the sense of spatial level and creates a pleasant environment like a piece of water and ink painting. The interior and the exterior surface together , keeping people close to the nature and offering peace and harmony.
▼户外二层石板温泉，Stone Spring on the upper floor
▼流水墙细部，detail of the water wall
▼走道近景，a shot of the pathway
Project Name: Fuzhou Minggu Hotel
Project Type: Hot springs, hotel
Renovation of Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design: ATENO Tiannuo International
Leading Designer: Troy Sun
Design Team: Huang Zhang, Zhang Jiaping, Team, Wei Xueli
Furnishing Consultant: Pang Xi
Lighting Consultant: Bai Wanjun
Project Area: 7720㎡
Opening Date: 08/2017
Photos: Sui Sicong, A Jun