Atelier d’More Architects was commissioned to transform a rundown two-story brick-concrete building in Huangmuchang Village on the outskirts of Beijing into a boutique hotel: The Sleeping Lab. With a lack of natural scenery in the surrounding environment, the designers sought to create an inward view and an interesting private garden, leading to the idea of an enclosed courtyard space.
The rectangular 100 square meter courtyard is divided into several small, semi-enclosed courtyards, each with a small tree as its protagonist, providing an organic connection between them. The building design language and interior are based on a quarter arc, flowing freely in space with a rigorous attitude, increasing the building’s tension through geometric composition. All of the furniture in the hotel was designed by Atelier d’More, emphasizing an assembled, prefabricated approach that turns construction into a game, allowing clients to even participate in the process.
Sleeping Lab Technical Information
- Architects: Atelier d’More
- Location: Huangmuchang Village, Beijing, China
- Topics: Hotel, White in Architecture
- Area: 249 m2
- Project Year: 2022
- Photographs: © Atelier d’More
Given the lack of scenery in the surrounding environment, the designers decided to create an inward view and to create an interesting private garden, which led to the idea of the enclosed courtyard space.– Atelier d’More Architects
Sleeping Lab Photographs
Atelier d’More Transforms Run-Down Brick Building into Sleeping Lab Hotel
Text by the Architects
The architectural intention of creating a landscape
Given the lack of scenery in the surrounding environment, the designers decided to create an inward view and to create an interesting private garden, which led to the idea of the enclosed courtyard space. Only a few viewing frames are opened on the south wall. In addition to the blue sky and white clouds, the chaos and noise are isolated by the wall. The large glass windows of the building actively introduce the scenery and light into the building, which becomes a part of the indoor space experience.
The rectangular courtyard of 100 square meters is divided into several small, semi-enclosed courtyards in order to create an inner courtyard environment. Each courtyard will have a small tree as its protagonist (since completed in winter, the tree has not yet been planted), providing an organic connection between the courtyards. A series of interactions between the tearoom, guest rooms, and the courtyard are created under the multi-level space.
The architectural design language and the interior are based on a quarter arc, which flows freely in the space with a rigorous attitude and increases the tension of the building by means of geometric composition. The outward extension of the building block on the facade is close to nature in a flowing posture, bringing the distance between architecture, nature, and people closer together. The white facade makes the building abstract and sculptural. Through the rendering of white material, the boundary between the wall and the top is blurred. The flowing space and natural light blend together to bring people a pure experience in an imaginative space.
All of the furniture in this project was designed by Atelier d’More. In fact, the design team has been engaged in designing assembled, prefabricated furniture for many years, differing greatly from the manufacturing industry. The traditional industry automation process develops slowly, and the concept of furniture assembly is equivalent to turning on automatic gears for construction, where the clients can even operate it themselves. The design team approaches furniture assembly as a big toy, turning boring construction work into a game in which both workers and clients can participate. Most of the interior decorations can be assembled on-site with prefabricated components. The application of this design method is very meaningful for low-cost construction projects.
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About Atelier d’More
Atelier d’More was founded in Shanghai in 2015 as a research-based design firm with innovation and practice at its core. The scope of the firm’s work covers architecture, interior, and landscape design. The studio is committed to breaking traditional design aesthetics on the basis of architectural logic, creating surprises in each space through innovative and poetic expression. Atelier d’More always maintains a spirit of self-criticism in the design process, paying attention to the real needs of space in order to create unique design works that are rich in humanities and conform to actual demands.
- Architects: Le Sheng, Wei Wang