When Jiuhua Mountain first comes into view, we can see its clear shape. With its endless peaks, it lives up to the reputation as “the best mountain in Southeast China”.
The bronze statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva stands quietly under the peaks, withstanding the test of time together with the mountains, the water, and the villages here. In the late Kaiyuan Period of the Tang Dynasty, Ksitigarbha Jin came to Jiuhua; over the next 1,600 years, the Ksitigarbha Bodhimanda has become widely known. The peaks and mountains of Jiuhua Mountain are integrated with Buddhist culture, presenting a unique style.
▼项目鸟瞰，远望地藏铜像，aerial of the project with distanced view to the bronze statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva ©Schran Images
The Lotus Town stands just close to the bronze statue. In fact, this small town is more like a village, with natural veins and groups of buildings, making it an ideal place for tourists to rest after climbing mountains to worship Buddha and for friends to gather and drink tea.
▼莲花小镇设计意向图，坐落在铜像旁，conceptional drawing of the project located close to the bronze statue
The MOMA Lotus Resort is the first building, which is located at the entrance of the town. “A tree, a well, and a crowing rooster” is the image of the “entrance to a village” in Chinese people’s mind, which is also a strong hint of homesickness. What we design for the town is a wide square, water element, a bell and the tree.
▼禅院酒店鸟瞰，小镇的村口，aerial of the MOMA Lotus Resort located at the entrance of the town ©Schran Images
▼酒店屋顶与山峰呼应，the roof of the building corresponded to the mountains ©Schran Images
The building does not disappear into the nature in the form of debris; it is placed on the water in a complete form, as if to integrate the scenery of the four seasons into the courtyard, or let the architecture and landscape, heaven and earth integrate to feel the changes of four seasons. The space is created by human beings, and the world is as how you feel it.
▼禅院总平面，形态完整，site plan of the building in a complete form ©Schran Images
The building is shown in such a humble manner, and then perfected by the time. For example, the appearance of villages and Buddha statues is the result of human activities and behaviors in nature in different periods, and eventually they are bound to be integrated with nature.
▼禅院外观，位于水面之上，与自然相融，external view of the building standing upon the water, being harmony with the nature ©Schran Images
▼建筑夜景，night view of the building ©Schran Images
The roof of the building is an upward sloping roof with the highest point defined in the southeast corner of the site, which also solves the function setting of local two floors.
Under the complete roof, the function is completely divided and separated, and the courtyard is embedded to blur the boundary between inside and outside. Water elements are designed both inside and outside the courtyard, so that with reflections in the water, people can taste the life of the Zen Garden from the outside and enjoy the different scenery and climate of the mountains from the inside.
▼内院一览，view of the inner courtyard ©Schran Images
▼建筑倒映在内院的水面上，the building is reflected on the water ©Schran Images
The steep roof can create better light and shadow, but fixing small grey-green tiles is not a small challenge. The patio adopts imported merbau logs to create a typical “rain flows into the patio from all sides” style of Anhui folk houses. The construction process is like a dialogue between ancient and modern times.
▼四水归堂，four small drainage pools located on the four corners of the building ©Schran Images
▼内院，courtyards ©Schran Images
The building is decorated in two colors, with grey exterior wall and the wood interior wall. The tapestry bricks are collaged in the form of hollow brick walls, covered with small grey-green roof tiles, so as to present a humble and calm atmosphere against the background of the countryside.
▼建筑内部采用木色材料，搭配灰色砖墙，wooden materials used inside the building, matched with gray brick walls ©Schran Images
The materials of the inner courtyard adopt a large number of wooden color aluminum plates and glass, which are warm under the sunshine. The interior and exterior materials are transitioning under the cornice, the wooden color of the suspended ceiling extends outside, reflecting in the water, and grey bricks are used around the corridor and courtyard. Flow and extension are the themes of the space.
▼流动延伸的走廊和材料，corridors and materials flow and extend in the space ©Schran Images
▼镂空砖墙形成丰富的光影，hollowed brick walls create rich light and shadow effects ©Schran Images
The resort visitors will catch a mountain view, with rooms arranged to the south and east, where the Buddha can be worshipped. The rooms on the second floor of the building are arranged horizontally, resulting in an internal walkway, and skylights appear naturally. The lighting from the top extends to the position of the stairs, forming several rectangular windows, and an unexpected vivid space appears as the light changes.
▼接待大厅，reception hall ©Schran Images
▼接待大厅局部，part of the reception hall ©Zhang qilin
▼酒店走廊，corridor connects the guest rooms ©Schran Images
To sum up, the function of the building must be defined by the environment where it is located and the user. The building integrates the Chinese Zen and tea culture, gives space creation with enough scale in height and breadth, and incorporates the natural landscape and cultural elements into architectural design. It is left to different users to experience the relaxation of life state or the sublimation of Zen philosophy, and this is also the meaning of the town.
▼细部，details ©Zhang qilin
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
设计团队：林琼华 魏一鸣 王军 章志武
Project Name: MOMA Lotus Resort, Jiuhua Mountain
Project Location: Jiuhua Mountain, Chizhou, Anhui, China
Project Nature: Hotel
Owner: Modern Land (Anhui)
The owner team: Tu Lijun, Wei Shixing, Wang Qi, Sheng Jin
Architectural Design: LACIME Architects
Chief Designer: Song Zhaoqing, Xiong Xing
Design Team: Lin Qionghua, Wei Yiming, Wang Jun, Zhang Zhiwu
Construction Drawing Design: Anhui Horizon Design
Landscape Design: S.P.I Landscape Group
Interior Design: PAL Design Group
Decoration Design: H DESIGN
Floor Area: 2850 m2
Time of Completion: May, 2019
Architectural Photography: Schran Images & Zhang Qilin