10³ Boutique Hotel got its name from the size of common rural homestead in China, which is usually a volume of 10*10*10m, 10³. For this project, the design team intended to break the stereotype of common homesteads by adopting a geometric shape, and thus promoting diversity of house design.

The project is located in Maoyang Town on the coast of Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province. The plot is a typical homestead with its three sides surrounded by mountains and one side faced with the sea. The site is very close to a scenic spot, so the client wished to build it into a hotel and expected to receive high profits. With modern design methods, the design team made this white cubic building stand out uniquely among its surroundings. It has become a landmark in that area and has gain popularity among young people.

The design team creatively turned an originally dull sunken semi-underground space into a swimming pool with the use of Plexiglas, making it a highlight of the project. The rooftop platform is fully utilized to increase the space for the hotel. The facades feature strong three-dimensional cut and sculptured effects, which enhance the identity of the building.

As the global population increases continuously, saving land and improving land utilization has become an important goal. Within a relatively limited plot area, the design team created a building that combines currently prevailing aesthetics and excellent functions. After completion, the project has produced prominent social and economic benefits. Currently the hotel is always fully booked. It has become a successful model of rural private house construction in China.



Building scale: 550 square meters

Architectural design: Lu Qishui, Ma Qing, Li Guobin, Rao Lixiao, Zhang Shijie
Interior design: Ma Qing, Zhang Shijie
Structural design: Xi Xiaoyan