naera hotel and spa, China by Horizontal Design

A dream in the garden

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▼视频,video  ©张铎 / 钛洺文化 Timing Picture

I am often asked by colleagues and media to compare the similarities and differences between the næra hotel Xitang and the Alila hotel Yangshuo. With a lapse of three years, although there might be something similar in design style or technique of these two projects, they are indeed completely different.

▼建筑外观,exterior view ©井旭峰


My favorite is the hazy feeling of the entrance. Driving down from the city thoroughfare, if the guests directly encounter the næra’s reclusiveness, there is not enough time for them to ‘buffer’psychologically. Therefore, a winding path with bamboo fences that are woven in a technique listed as non-heritage culture exists to lead the guests into the hotel.

▼建筑入口,entrance ©井旭峰

▼砖墙和logo细节,brick wall and logo detail ©井旭峰


▼园林景观,garden landscape ©井旭峰

▼水池庭院,pool courtyard ©井旭峰

The check-in time is usually afternoon, when the light passes through an inner pool courtyard, through the guidance of the wind, and scattered from the west into the lobby naturally to welcome the guests. The space becomes bright, but not too dazzling; the gaps and patterns between the bamboo strips are meticulous, but not too cumbersome; maybe one would notice and appreciate the antiques along the passage, or maybe not… I always like this kind of comfort: right amount without any burden, allowing people to enjoy the moment.

▼水庭园与走廊交界,the interface between the veranda and the courtyard ©井旭峰


In the morning, light turns inward from the east lobby, with the breeze, or with the birdsong. For those who wake up at noon, tree shadows of the luxuriant foliage welcome them to a brand new day. I enjoy walking through the light and shade. Whenever look up, one can sense how time marches on.

▼交通节点,circulation node ©井旭峰


▼琚宾先生游园手绘草图,the moving line of the “garden” , sketch by Ju Bin

▼游园平面图,plan ©水平线设计

Some may be surprised by the regularity of the building’s exterior. It is actually in line with the local requirements of planning and echoes the entire Xi Tang ancient town. The relationship between people and the environment has always been the intention to “adapt” and “reconstruct”, and the building has to take care of both. There are five dark ‘boxes’ with different lengths located at the waterside, existing independently but looking at and reflecting each other. They are unified with the interior and the landscape, separated from the main body of the architecture, forming a contemporary line of sight and a slight visual confrontation with the pavilion. At the same time, the path and the moving line of the “garden”, including the pattern of light entering and changing, are also defined.

▼五个深色盒子不同长度地坐落在水边,five dark ‘boxes’ with different lengths located at the waterside ©井旭峰

▼园林景观夜景,garden landscape by night ©井旭峰


The five ‘boxes’ are placed in a bigger background setting and should be viewed as an integral. With different spatial functions, they intend to create a ceremonial concept above life. They form a comprehensive latitude that transitions above and beneath the horizontal plane. This three-dimensional space model adds more possibilities to people’s daily routines in the hotel.

▼错落立体的空间,a three-dimensional space model ©井旭峰

▼茶室体量,the box of the tea room ©井旭峰

▼茶室内部,tea room ©井旭峰

▼茗想茶室,meditation tea room ©吴钰


Restaurant, musical room, tea room, study room, bar… They not only satisfy practical functions, but also take into account the aesthetic taste. I like this kind of spaces that can provide both emotion needs and cultural identity. Each space becomes richer, warmer and more interesting when associated with another. One can create a sense of ritual through a specific space, start a conversation with his inner self, or get along with the loved ones or the books.

▼长卷般的打开方式,the spatial sequence is like a picture scroll ©井旭峰

▼1F接待区,reception area on the first floor ©井旭峰

▼1F书吧,study room on the first floor ©井旭峰

▼1F琴室,musical room on the first floor ©井旭峰

▼1F酒吧,bar ©井旭峰


The distance of the waterscape is just right, shallow but with a grand and boundless feel. When the surface of the water ripples in the wind, and the sunlight is reflected by the waterscape, one might find himself lose track of time and absorbed in the fine view of southern China.

▼朝向水池庭院的景观,view facing the pool courtyard ©芥末

▼接待区窗景,view from the reception area ©井旭峰


At night, two light shows capture the guest’s inner sensitivity just right. If the næra could be compared to a natural beauty at day, when darkness falls, it puts on makeup.  I have always adored a scene in the light: people‘s emotion gets impacted and the mood becomes more subtle. It’s a kind of beauty that one can’t understand by looking at photos or videos. One needs to be on scene and to be involved.

▼夜景,night view ©井旭峰


In the future, the wood pavilion will be the most constant observer and recorder in the hotel. In a time-lapse photography, sky is changing, water wave is moving, but the pavilion stays still. It is a part of the landscape itself, and it is also a carrier of human’s emotion. Whispers with people could be heard, dialogues with the environment could be felt, and things, time, and space are connected. Combining traditional architecture with contemporary life not only brings collisions between the ancient and the modern, but also echoes the sense of place. The traditional Chinese opera “the peony pavilion: dream of a garden” is regularly performed in the næra. The pavilion serves as both the background and the leading role in the play. The story is unfolded here, like beautiful but unrealistic scenes that appear in one’s dream.

▼游廊灯光效果,lighting effect of the veranda ©吴钰

▼纳良庭,Naliang Pavilion ©吴钰


The næra, which means ‘good soil’ in Chinese, might be one of the hotels that preserves the most contemporary artworks. It exhibits the original works of 35 artists. Art pieces displayed in each place have their own lives, blooming in the “good soil”. They are in harmony with the hotel’s atmosphere, reflect the expression and the mood of a certain group of people, and represent the unique power accumulated by the aesthetics of this era.

▼交通节点,circulation node ©井旭峰

▼入口灰空间,entrance gray space ©井旭峰

▼空间呈现当代艺术,contemporary artworks displayed in the space ©井旭峰


The human care, comfort and various details are shown by all the supporting facilities, including the chairs I designed myself, in the rooms. They should be experienced and judged by the guests instead of being bragged and boasted from the designers’ point of view. During the design process of more than three years, I visited the site once a month on average. The old photos hanging in the hallway record the memory of the participants and will become a point to remember for the guests. We all accumulate and grow as time passes by.

▼大床房,double room ©井旭峰

▼双床房,twin bed room ©井旭峰

▼套房,deluxe suite ©井旭峰

▼客房细节,detailed view ©井旭峰

▼客房走廊,guest room corridor ©吴钰


The næra is not only a hotel, but also an organic ecological farm with two thousand acres of land. It is an overall business model dedicated to agriculture, processing, food and beverage retail, and culture. Organic, in itself, is a way of life aesthetics that encompasses food, clothing, shelter, and means of transportation.

▼会议中心公区,conference centre public area ©井旭峰

▼水疗区,spa ©井旭峰

▼游泳区,swimming pool ©井旭峰

▼泳池局部,swimming pool detail  ©PR photo


In the total process of more than three years, I had a very pleasant cooperation with Mr. Zhu Shulei from the næra, architect Mr. Li Yikao, landscape designer Mr. Zhuang Zhenguang, artistic director Mr. Ding Yi, lighting consultant Mr. Martin, and floral designer Mr. Yuji Ueno.  Mr. Zhu and I have never had a dispute during the communication process. He is probably the best party A for every designer. We have come from a beautiful past to a better present, and we are envisioning a bright future.

▼入口花艺(上野雄次),floral artwork by Yuji Ueno at the entrance ©吴钰

▼会议中心公区花艺(上野雄次),floral artwork by Yuji Ueno in conference centre ©四月


It’s a pleasure to be involved in a local quality hotel project. The næra hotel is a successful attempt of national brand, and the næra itself is where all the wonderful possibilities grow from.

▼走廊夜景,veranda night view ©井旭峰

▼夜景,night view ©吴钰

琚宾于深圳 2019.09.22
Ju bin / Shenzhen / September 22, 2019

室内设计:琚宾/水平线设计 Horizontal Design
建筑设计:李以靠/以靠建筑 Leeko Studio
景观设计:庄镇光/太璞设计 TOPO Design Group
灯光顾问:Albert Martin Klaasen / Klaasen Lighting Design
视频:张铎 / 钛洺文化 Timing Picture
建筑设计团队:张德俊、陈恺丽、吴凯、Francisco Garcia(宋子盛)、廖望、邱小林、贾殿鑫、刘滢滢、李薇薇
艺术家名单(作品已展示于酒店):丁乙、刘建华、曲丰国、薛松、萧长正、郑在东、徐冰、王一、蒋友柏、苏畅、朴忠勳、罗发辉 、刘炜、刘大鸿、何多苓、杨福东、周春芽、薛峰、吴蔚
设计时间:05/2016 – 10/2017
建造时间:10/2017 – 08/2019

Project name:naera hotel and spa
Project location:Xitang ancient town, Jiashan, Zhejiang province
Site Planning:Jubin, Li Yikao, Zhuang Zhenguang, Zhu Shulei
Interior Design:Ju Bin / Horizontal Design
Architecture Design:Li Yikao/Leeko Studio
Landscape Design:Zhuang Zhenguang/TOPO Design Group
Art consultant:Ding Yi
Lighting consultant:Albert Martin Klaasen / Klaasen Lighting Design
Florist:Yuji Ueno
Owners’ representatives: Lu Peng, Chen Xin
Photography:Xufeng Jing(unless otherwise noted)
Video:Zhang duo / Timing Picture
Article:Ju Bin
Interior Design Team:Wei Jinjing, Sheng Lingxiang, Yang Yixi, Luo Fanyu, Ge Danni, Guo Dayu, Nie Hongming, Hu Kai, Liu Xiaolin, Li Junhua, Lin Jianxu, Quan Junrui, Zhang Luokai, Xie Gang, Wen Biyun, Mo Zhibing
Architecture Design Team:Zhang Dejun, Chen Kaili, Wu Kai, Francisco Garcia, Liao Wang, Qiu Xiaolin, Jia Dianxin, Liu Yingying, Li Weiwei
Landscape Design Team:Li Hongtai, Chen Lingfeng, Yang Lijia, Sun Shaobo, Zheng Sijie, Geng Dalei, Jin Hui, Li Xiaohui, Fang Bilian, Ouyang Hongbo
Furniture and product design: Zhang Xuanrong, Dong Shifu, Zhang Zhexiong/HorizonalDesign
Mechanical and Electrical Consultant:Lin Sen, Chen Yanwen, Li Haijia, Wang Jialin, Liu Haoshuang, He Ting/Shenzhen JS M&E Engineening Desing Co.Ltd
Resident designer:Hu Kai, Li Junhua/ HorizonalDesign
List of artists (works have been displayed in the hotel):Ding Yi, Liu Jianhua, Qu Fengguo, Xue Song, Xiao Changzheng, Zheng Zaidong, Xu Bing, Wang Yi, Jiang Youbai, Su Chang, Park Zhongyi, Luo Fa Hui, Liu Wei, Liu Dahong, He Duoling, Yang Fudong, Zhou Chunya, Xue Feng, Wu Wei
LDI:Shanghai Chengkai Architecture Design Co., Ltd 
Structure:Frame-Shear Wall Structure
Materials:Glass, wooden grille, paint, old green tile, terrazzo, wood finishing, bamboo weaving
Building Area:40000㎡
Design Period:05/2016 – 10/2017
Construction Period:10/2017 – 08/2019

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