The Walled – Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat by Neri&Hu

Encapsulating landscape into architecture, and creating an overlap between interior and exterior (photograph updated).

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Situated in close proximity to Yangzhou’s scenic Slender West Lake, the site given to Neri&Hu to design a 20-room boutique hotel was a challenging one, dotted with small lakes and a handful of existing structures. The design brief called for the adaptive reuse of several of the old buildings by giving them new functions, while adding new buildings to accommodate the hotel’s capacity needs. Neri&Hu’s strategy to unify these scattered elements was to overlay a grid of walls and paths onto the site to tie the entire project together, resulting in multiple courtyard enclosures. The inspiration for the design actually originates with the courtyard house typology of vernacular Chinese architecture. As with the traditional courtyard, the courtyard here gives hierarchy to the spaces, frames views of the sky and earth, encapsulates landscape into architecture, and creates an overlap between interior and exterior.

▼鸟瞰图,aerial view

▼采用了网格的平面规划,to unify these scattered elements was to overlay a grid of walls


Constructed entirely from reclaimed grey brick, the gridded walls’ narrow interior passageway forces a long perspective, while light plays off the various brick patterns, enticing guests to venture ever deeper into the project. Within the walls, several of the courtyards are occupied by guest rooms and other shared amenities such as the reception, library, and restaurant. Many of the building roof lines are confined within the height of the walls surrounding them, so that they are not visible from afar. Hotel guests traverse the site using the walled pathways to discover their rooms. Once within, there is a clear separation between the building and the walls, a layering of privacy and a sliver of landscape for guests to enjoy. Other courtyards are unoccupied, pockets of lush garden to offer relief from the sense of enclosure.

▼矩阵式砖墙狭窄的内部通道形成了狭长的视角, the gridded walls’ narrow interior passageway forces a long perspective

▼砖墙引人穿梭在客房庭院中,the brick wall shows the way to guest rooms


Journeying along the walls, guests can also ascend through openings above to gain privileged vantage points that look out across the gridded landscape and beyond to the surrounding lakes. Here three additional buildings take their place in the panorama; the rising second floor of the largest courtyard building, a lakeside pavilion of four guestrooms, and a multifunction building at the furthest reaches of the site.

▼沿着砖墙向上踏几节楼梯,遁入更加安静且视野开阔的屋顶,journeying along the walls, guests can also ascend through openings above to gain privileged vantage points that look out across the gridded landscape and beyond to the surrounding lakes

多功能建筑由原有的废弃仓库改建而成,包含了新建的混凝土结构,其中有一间餐厅,一个剧院和一个展览空间。如恩希望通过利用这个项目最有特点的两个景观元素—— 墙与院——将一个复杂的场地格局统一起来,通过粗犷的材料和层叠的空间营造,用现代的设计语言重新定义传统的建筑形式。

Renovating the existing derelict warehouse building, with a partial new concrete addition, this multifunction building houses a restaurant, a theater and an exhibition space. With this project, Neri&Hu’s ambition lies in utilizing a strong landscape element—the wall and courtyard—to unify a complex site and program, while the rustic materiality and layered spaces seek to redefine tradition with a modern architectural language.

▼多功能建筑由原有的废弃仓库改建而成,renovating the existing derelict warehouse building

▼通过墙与院将一个复杂的场地格局统一起来,using the wall and courtyard to unify a complex site and program


▼餐厅,dining space


Taking its cue from the placid exteriors, the rooms are awash in natural materials—a thoughtful blend of dark wood and stone where pastel chairs and white walls add the right touch of softness. The salt and pepper speckled bathrooms feature soaking tubs with skylights above them for the ultimate communion with nature.

▼客房内部,guest room interior view




▼篝火区,fire place

▼建筑与水景,architecture and the waterscape

▼场地图,site plan


▼接待处平面,reception floor plan

▼客房平面,library guestroom plan

▼客房立面,elevation of guest room

▼湖景客房平面,lakeview guest room plan



▼庭院客房,courtyard guest room


Project Name: The Walled – Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat
Site Address: 1 Baocheng Road, Hanjiang District, Yangzhou, China
Project Type: Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape
Architect & Interior Designer: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Design Period: November 2015 – October 2017
Site Area: 32.000 sqm
Gross Area: 4.200 sqm
Program: Boutique Hotel and Cultural event space
Special Features: Walls, Courtyards, regular grid, “enfilade”, Corridor, Layering, Sequence, Landscape, Roof scape, Brick Patterns, Wood Screens, Wood Joinery, Bronze Details, Custom Lights, Custom Furniture
Architectural – Materials: Recycled Gray Brick, Exposed Aggregate Concrete, Recycled Gray Roof Tiles, Bamboo Engineered Wood, Raw Steel, White Plaster
Interiors – Materials: Recycled Gray Brick, Concrete, Terrazzo, White Oak, Walnut, Bronze, Raw Steel
Interiors – Fixtures & Fittings: PG, Kohler, Duravit, Zucchetti.
Interiors – Decorative Lighting: Lighting fixtures by Neri&Hu
Interiors – Furniture: Custom furniture by Neri&Hu
Design Team:
Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu (Founding Partners, Principal in Charge)
Federico Saralvo (Senior Associate)
Ziyi Cao (Associate)
Fong Huang (Senior Project Manager)
Sela Lim (Senior Architectural Designer)
Zhao Lei (Senior Architectural designer)
Callum Holgate
Leyue Chen
Valentina Brunetti ( Senior Architectural Designer)
Sean Shen
Xin Liu
Bin Zhu
Nicolas Fardet (Associate, product design)
Yun Wang
Jin Zhang
Contact Details:
Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office (Neri&Hu)
Address: 88 Yuqing Road, Shanghai, China 200030
Tel: +86 21 6082 3777 Fax: +86 21 6082 3778
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