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WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

China Architecture News - Apr 18, 2023 - 10:54   2465 views

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Chinese architecture and interior design studio WJ STUDIO has completed the interior design of a hotel that features vaulted roofs creating a rippling effect towards the river in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Named Boatyard Hotel, the 1,200-square-metre hotel is located in the village of Shan Wan in Wujiang District. The site represents the tranquillity of the idyllic town, the quiet expanse of the river and the historical culture that are blended together.

The Boatyard Hotel is a poetic addition next to the Restaurant of Metasequoia Grove by goa which was completed in 2022.

While the architectural design of the Boatyard Hotel was created by goa, the interiors were completed by WJ STUDIO. A series of hotel rooms are encapsulated under the vaulted ceilings to frame this mesmerizing view. 

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Located in this languid spatial landscape, according to WJ STUDIO, "the rippling black-roofed buildings are like the crow-top boats gathered and docked on the shore, sometimes melodious, sometimes serene and moving, becoming the finishing touch to the ink painting on the shore."

The studio aimed to give its indoor space rhyme and spatio-temporal experience. "When people come to this place longing for the idyllic scenery of the water village, they do not know that they have already become a member of this scenery," WJ STUDIO explained.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Dialogue of time and space

"Proper architecture grows naturally, logically and poetically in its environment," Louis Sullivan, as noted by the studio. 

"A three-dimensional space embraces things growing, evolving, and intersecting while time moves forward like a river. The images one captures in each moment are instantaneous landscapes - nature, fields, light and artificial design meet at the intersection of space and time," the studio continued.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

While a restaurant, book cafe and lobby are arranged on the ground floor, the guest rooms are designed on the first floor and the second floors, creating "the climax of a journey, guiding the occupants upward with great interest." 

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

A Settlement in Time and Space

A floating island with a few dead trees stretches as if to welcome and detail the passage of time. The hotel building is integrated with the surrounding natural landscape. 

The building is distinguished with its high and low arched roofs that form a colony - they are like "the ships docked on the waterfront of the rising mountains."

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

When visitors turn around and enter, a slightly arched trestle bridge and a crow-top boat are moored on the side. The light pours down from the dome's skylight on a sunny day and is etched on the stone slab with time.

If it rains, the water droplets keep falling on the canopy, and the scenic rocks and Jiangnan's unique sound and colour are revealed in this area alone.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Glory of Memory

After passing the bridge, the large floor-to-ceiling windows open up the view. A bench with a carefully recessed water pattern invites visitors to sit and watch the water, trees and clouds on the other side of the isolated island.

The circular outline is like sitting in a boat and looking out, empty of all things, free of distractions and temporarily insulated from the world's affairs.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

The island is deliberately hidden in a dark place opposite the window, which can be found by looking back when needed. It is always unobtrusive and undisturbed, giving way to natural elegance.

When people stroll along the promenade, the corridor is a place for relaxation and a coffee and book bar. Like a long scroll, the horizontal space and the arching roof take in the riverbank scenery one by one, with the morning light and sunset and the viewing bridge extending into the water.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Corbusier's "Mother's House" is the ending at the end of the space. The similar overlooking bay window, river, lake and sea, and the overflowing light and shadow are intertwined in time and space at this moment, and the shimmering water surface brings up the warmth of mother and home in memory.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhu Hai

Peaceful Dwelling

"The spring water is blue in the sky, and the painted boat listens to the rain and sleeps," said Wei Zhuang, Pu Sa Man.

When you live in nature, you are connected to the earth, and your heart will be at peace and calm with the wind of the field. Just as the artistic creation of the "docked boat" in the hotel expresses a semi-submerged state - may everyone who arrives here no longer wander and dwell in peace.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Within the Sequence

A sunken pool open to the sky's light, a cup of thin wine, at ease. From the courtyard to the bedroom to the collection, the space progresses from outside to inside and from inside to out.

The room facing the riverbank offers a panoramic view of the waterfront. Leaning over the long case, people can enjoy the sunset with the shadow of trees and the light of waves.

All this breaks the traditional spatial axis, not coherently, but in a leaping way, with pauses, turns, openings and subtleties, like a shallow singing, laying a gentle and charming scene.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Under the Dome

The guest room area from the first floor to the second floor is like the climax of a journey, guiding the occupants upward with great interest. Light enters the reserved slits, creating a "line of sight" to the interior.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

The guest rooms on the second floor retain their high vaulted ceilings, buffered by a foyer, and then have a horizontal opening to the room layout. 

The tall and wide floor-to-ceiling windows are enough to incorporate the outdoor scenery into the interior. A seat in front of the window, a cup of tea, a pot of food, a vessel, a heart rests in peaceful living.

Life is like a long boat, going for daily life and desire; love is the way back. At this moment, "the day on the boat" is to return to the essence of living and the deep meaning of the journey.

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Book cafe. Image © Zhu Hai

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhu Hai

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhu Hai

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

WJ STUDIO completes interiors of vaulted-roof Boatyard Hotel towards the river in Suzhou

Image © Zhang Xi

Project facts

Project name: Boatyard Hotel

Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu

Completion Date: 2023.2

Type of Project: Boutique hotel

Project Area: 1200m2

Client: Suzhou Blue City Cultural Tourism Co.

Interior Design: WJ STUDIO 

Principle Designer: Hu Zhile

Design Team: Yang Xi, Yang Lilien, Zhou Shuyi, Ye Zi

Architectural Design: goa

Lighting Design: Yi Ke Guang Lighting Design (Shanghai) Co.

Project Video: Zhang Xi

Top image © Zhang Xi.

All images © Zhu Hai, Zhang Xi.

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