This project is located in Hezhang County, Bijie City, Guizhou Province. Through artistic design, the charm of ancient Yelang expressed, and a meeting room connecting national culture and modern civilization is constructed for Hezhang people.
Stepping into the front hall, we seem like wondering in the scroll picture that upholds the mysterious history of Yelang Ancient Country. In this design, the design team make good use of each and every design creativity to make the space full of meaning.
The designer team make effort to present the landscape of Yelang on the central LED screen, where the beast face pattern is between the partition and the stone column. The decoration of light deepens the image of Li Bai. In doing so, it highlights the soul of national culture in the minimalist architecture made of marble, achieving coexist for classical elements and modern aesthetics.
The designer incorporates many scenarios of Yi people enjoying fun and drinking in the design of restaurants, reception halls and private rooms in order to incorporate the lyrical mood created by the landscape humanities into the core of the architecture. The designer uses the gluttonous pattern and sickle pattern of the ancient Yi people to decorate cabinets and walls, drawing inspiration from the priceless wine decoration discovered in Hezhang. This created a pattern artistic style of various patterns and replicates the “Yelang Scenery” of poetry and wine indulgence.
Along the pathway designed by the design team, we come to the guest room. The designer takes advantage of Yelang ancient landscape and cultural creation to design the guest room, which provide travelers many choices to make, whether they like the grassland, embroidery or natural scenery.
"The difficulty of design is not drawing patterns with lines or combining pictures with patterns, but writing in accordance with the context of nature and humanity and outlining the original appearance of space". In order to make the case an epitome of Yelang culture, the designer studies Guizhou and Yunnan history and make effort to explore the cultural connotation locally, so that the project can not only display the Yelang ancient customs, but can reappear a kind of poetic elegance.
The total design area of this project is 13,000 square meters. Inspired by one of Li Bai’s poems, the designer recreated the magnificent prospect as for the design of Hanyang Hall, where friends and relatives come together to sing and drink to enjoy themselves in such a dreamy atmosphere.
"Bamboo culture" represents the essence of Yelang culture. In ancient times, the leader of Yelang was called "The King of Bamboo", and the cherished individual was also referred to as “bamboo” by the locals. The ancient Yelang people believed in bamboo as well as used it as a means of warding off evil spirits. The designer follows the hint of bamboo culture, creating tailored Yelang bamboo slips that were furnished with bamboo goods and ornaments. At the same time, the designer uses abstract techniques to incorporate bamboo and trees into the artistic conception of space.
The theme of Qianwei Hall is the torch festival. Based on a thorough understanding of the elements of flame, the designer chooses the shape of a torch for it, using its color for the veneer and adding horns and ice cracker as part of the Yi people’s customary national jewelry to reshape the grand sacrifice ceremony. This directly expresses Yi people’s solidarity with nature and life.
The artistic screens and hanging paintings with photographic elements, as well as the fabrics and stalls with patterns of Yi nationality and Yelang, seem to have the power to integrate the broad fields and shining stars together, turning the gentle twilight of the Axilixi into a lingering dream.
As an abstract expression of national culture, totem pattern represents the wisdom and pursuit of a nation. Yi clothing is famous for its various colors and exquisite patterns, among which "Shu-Bi-Zi" is the most representative one. Double bed room is themed with purple color. The designer takes advantage of modern technology to create a new complete pattern to decorate the carpet and bead. The cultural tradition and aesthetic consciousness of Yi nationality is revealed in every detail.
Dahuamiao nationality is another important ethnic group for Yelang Ancient Country. It contains a profound historical culture connotation. In order to replicate the traditional ornamental patterns of the Yelang ethnic groups in the space decoration, the designer blends the needlework and batik abilities. As a result, the life scene is densely imbued with a feeling of history and narrative that is subtly stained with the passage of time.
Chief Designer: Yongfeng Lin
Assistant Designer: Keren Zhong, Jianyu Huang, Jie Li, Xiaoying Yuan, Hui Zhong, Danfeng Huang