The Alila Yangshuo hotel is located in the mountainous Yangshuo area of Guangxi, making it a popular destination for visitors looking to take in picturesque scenery. It was formerly a sugar mill built in the 1960s, and in converting it to a hotel, Beijing-based Vector Architects wanted to incorporate a group of gabled masonry structures to complement the mill’s existing industrial architecture.
The new buildings are set within landscaped grounds, forming a garden with ponds and plants for guests to enjoy. Outdoor features include a swimming pool positioned within the former loading area that was previously used for loading sugar cane onto boats.
The architects aimed to keep the profile of the new building as simple as possible to complement the industrial design of the old sugar mill. The project involved retaining and repurposing the existing structures and introducing new accommodation buildings. The interiors designed by Ju Bin of Horizontal Space Design aim to emphasise the connection between old and new.
The original buildings house the hotel’s reception, a café, bar, gallery and library, all of which are arranged around a reflecting pond and sunken plaza at the centre of the complex.
The larger building in the hotel is called the Sugar House Retreat, and its rooms have private balconies that look out across the mountain scenery. The ground-floor suites at the rear of the two-storey Garden Townhouse look out onto a bamboo garden.
For further information on Alila Hotel, see its website here.