Both Sukhothai and the ancient city of Nanjing are places of peace that make people feel at ease and relaxed.
Either for Nanjing, an ancient capital of six dynasties, or for Siam, mystery is the common term in the oriental world that originates from belief and habit of people.
The special unrestrained style of Sukhothai echoes with the ambience of streets and lanes in Nanjing.
The oriental world is located in the east in position but its cultivation mainly remains in the south of China. Nanjing in the south resonates with north Thailand in cultivation. The same cultural origin bonds us closely in our derections, while Erawan can also find its One World ideology in Confucianism.
According to topic of this design plan, designers find a starting point from common characters of two cultivations, i.e. Place Mapping. Place Mapping is a design methodology gradually summarized by Roarc Renew in design of numberless projects. This is the first time that Place Mapping is put into practice directly in a project.
场所影射 | Place Mapping
The essence of Place Mapping lies in precise grasp of spirit, specifically appropriate hints and certain imaginary space. It is an approach that certain blank space is left in spiritual world. Object of the allusion is Thai culture or Thai culture symbols. Client of this design plan is an evangelist expecting to disseminate Thai massage skills and Thai culture in China.
▼待客大堂， lobby reception ©Freeman
Black bricks in Nanjing: The project is located in a commercial street to the east of China Gate in Qinhuai District of Nanjing. After undergoing warfare, the remaining buildings in Men Dong were protected and rebuilt by the government. Traditional Chinese style wooden architecture and Ma Tau Wall were rebuilt to demonstrate traditional culture and make original style of the south part of the ancient Nanjing relived. For the commercial cluster of Men Dong, black bricks are representative building materials. Most of the buildings are monomer buildings, which aims at inheritance of traditional buildings. Concrete expression of these two cultures needs a form echoed mutually.
▼外立面，周围建筑以“青砖”为建筑材料表现形式，facade: black bricks are representative materials used by the surrounding buildings ©Freeman
Red bricks in the north part of Thailand: Overlooking the ancient city of Chiengmai, we find vermilion is a representative color of this city. Relics of Tha Phae Gate, red roofing of classic royal palace and foundation of Siamese buildings match with the green fence in color. Red bricks are classic and commonly used building materials, which relates to existence of local red clay in Thailand.
▼从接待区望向中庭，view to the courtyard from the lobby ©Freeman
▼通往二楼的楼梯，stair to the second floor ©Freeman
青红相接 | Black and red bricks
Identifying architecturally symbolic significance of bricks, Roarc Renew considers bricks as the “soul” of a space. Black and red bricks are the same form of material, but they represent different cultures. Gaps between bricks give people a sense of hidden order. Via an extreme control, Roarc Renew intensifies such a sense of order.
▼待客大堂，lobby area ©Freeman
▼待客大堂，左侧为衣物储藏，右侧为换鞋区，lobby area with a locker room and a shoe-changing area ©Freeman
▼换鞋区，shoe-changing area ©Freeman
All functional contents, e.g. air-conditioner air vents, furniture, compartments, glass bricks, house number plate, direct at an orderly space, which expresses a sense of religious ceremony. The quality reflected by the clay texture of bricks is similar to a pleasant feeling that we have when walking in the soil barefoot. This feeling is unique in South Asia and it also reflects our perfectionism to the details.
▼通往二楼的双动线，the two-way circulation ©Freeman
▼楼梯和二层走廊，the stair and the corridor on the second floor ©Freeman
▼二层楼梯口，landing area on the second floor ©Freeman
千灯 | Lamps
Orderly arrangement of red bricks reflects the relation between space and material, while lamp wall totally alludes to cultural and visual signs.
▼中庭千灯墙，lamp wall ©Freeman
▼从室内望向室外中庭，view to the courtyard from interior ©Freeman
▼俯瞰户外中庭，outlook to the outdoor courtyard ©Freeman
Pray and meditation is a religious behavior, which normally embodies a sense of ceremony. The “sense of place” emphasized in architecture is a sort of “divinity” formed through space construction. When night falls, thousands of lamps light up. It represents not only one-to-one blessing but also field spirit. The field spirit takes night sky as a background. For Roarc Renew, the heartshaking effect brought by lighting-up of thousands of lamps is appealing. Hence, Roarc Renew takes the thousands of lamps as a design point of this plan. Actually, without being restrained by form, the “divinity” and “field spirit” of religion are completely inherited in this design.
▼千灯墙细部，thousand-lamp-wall detailed view ©Freeman
In the aspect of craftsmanship, there is a special elevated and water-proof design for lamp boxes, which guarantees its usage and weather resistance in outdoor space. The lamp boxes are especially designed in square to echo with orderly gaps left in red bricks.
▼方形千灯盒呼应了整体红砖的秩序留缝，the square shape of the lamp boxes echoes with the gaps left in red bricks ©Freeman
秩序中的惊鸿一瞥 | An unusual effect in an orderly space
Roarc Renew processes red bricks differently. Based on different closing processes, the red bricks are classified into five different sizes to conform to different requirements for Details Joints.
▼红砖拼接细部，red brick paving ©Freeman
As for some details, Roarc Renew intaglios Thai characters which symbolize good fortune on the surface of red bricks. These characters are spread in the space to create a surprise effect in an orderly space. This is a punchline showing respect and emphasis toward the value of Thai characters.
▼天花处泰合玺的符号由红砖水切割制而成，the symbol of “TaiOursea” is integrated to the brick used in the ceiling ©Freeman
装饰物件 | Decorative articles
Roarc Renew takes charge of design of Hotel-scale projects from design plan to soft decoration and lighting. Roarc Renew would never like excessive use of decorative articles, e.g. overcomplicated patterns. Instead, it prefers to us decorative articles as punchlines.
▼接待台细部，reception detailed view ©Freeman
Arrangement of each article originates from Roarc Renew’s understanding of space. All the five countries of Southeast Asia are developed by relying on agriculture and handicraft industry. They still maintain various traditional handicrafts to this day, such as basketry, carpentry, textile, printing and dyeing and some other traditional handicraft industries. Brilliant cultivation of Southeast Asia is exactly originating from historical accumulation. For this reason, Roarc Renew pays a special attention to handicrafts when picking decorative articles. Although they are not antiques, each of them has its function and significance.
▼包间入口，entrance to the compartment ©Freeman
Articles hanging in the compartments are unique printing moulds from Burmese textile workshops. Patterns on clothes are made with these moulds. There is even some printing fuel remaining on most of these moulds. There are golden chanting plates with ancient Thai characters. People believe that chanting everyday may bring luck. This is also an important lucky symbol in local culture.
▼包间内部，compartment interior ©Freeman
▼窗景，window scenery ©Freeman
Bronze mirror at the entrance, square hood over the table, bronze lotus leaf-shaped disks all come from India and Burma. We can see the respect of Southeast Asian people toward their traditional culture from these handcrafts from different places. In this era, all can be reproduced except for time, which is the most valuable thing and also a thing we should discover and maintain. Cultivation continues as stories are passed down successively.
▼花池，the lotus pond ©Freeman
Nanjing is featured in dark sky and misty rain while Chiengmai is featured in monks, robes and red walls.
Isn’t it more anticipated if these two are combined?
▼被千灯墙围绕的中庭，the courtyard enclosed by lamp walls ©Freeman
▼平面图，floor plans ©裸筑更新
施工顾问：张成华 结庐装饰，唐远华 澳洋装饰