Beijing Art Now Hotel is located in the Beijing next to the Workers’ Stadium. Fourteen international designers and architects were commissioned to design up to 4 rooms for the five star hotel. The hotel aims at setting new standards in Beijing’s cultural scene.
The design for the “curtain room” draws on a necessary provision for Beijing’s mosquito plagued climate: the mosquito net. Silk mosquito nets provide intimate shelter, diffuse and subtle light conditions, mystifying half transparencies and they absorb humidity.
In the room, multiple functions - bathing, sleeping, lounging and storing - are defined as spatial islands. Each of these spaces can be enclosed by curtains which vary in opacity from the light mosquito net to heavy silk drapes. The guest can determine the degree to which each of the different areas is open or closed by sliding the curtains around. Different constellations enable a variety of situations: an evening bathtub conversation when the view between the bed and the bath is opened, a private dressing room when the bath and the closet are connected, or a lounging afternoon when the bed and the lounge area are enveloped into one continuum. All of these constellations are mosquito proof and enable outdoor living in Beijing’s summer.
SMAQ – architecture urbanism research
Team: Sabine Müller, Andreas Quednau, Daniel Fernandez Pascual, José Luis Llaca, Therese Granberg, Jung Suh, Steward Mills
Client: Art Now Gallery Beijing (BANG).
Location: Beijing, CN