Vector Architects, a Beijing-based studio, has transformed a 1960s sugar factory into a luxurious hotel in China’s beautiful Yangshuo county. The project is situated in the dramatic karst mountain landscape, which makes Yangshuo a popular destination for tourists.
By blending the existing structures of the disused sugar mill and the new architecture, the project seeks to preserve the industrial heritage. Vector Architects, along with interior designer ju bin, created Alila Yangshuo with a philosophy regarding the use of light and space in relation to the natural surroundings of the building. Comparable but contemporary materials and construction methods are used in order to achieve continuity. All new buildings are designed to sit as long to the ground as possible to ensure that they do not detract from the presence of the neighbouring structures.
Founded in 2008, Vector Architects has been devoted to discover the unrevealing relationship and various possibilities between architectures and existing site context. The studio has completed a number of eye-catching projects in its home country, including Seashore Chapel, Seashore Library, Changjiang Art Museum etc….