M50 Art Hotel Project is located in Pingle, Sichuan. Pingle Ancient Town is planned to be a music theme town. Therefore, the starting point of this project is around “Music”. In this project, MUDA- Architects strives to explore and activate local culture genes, and to create a landmark building that can inherit the historical context and also is forward-looking. It is an architecture which is able to talk to the future.
Project Name: M50 Art Hotel
Project location: Qionglai, Sichuan
Project type: Architectural design Design
Area: 5000 square meters Design time: 2018-2019
Estimated construction time: 2019.10 Owner company: Qionglai Tourism Investment Architect: MUDA-Architects
Chief Architect: Yun Lu
Design Team: Yun Lu, JiandanXu, Jingyi Liu, Qiming Sun, Heyu Lu, Yixiu He, Xiaoqiao Liu, Yixuan Mei, Dian Rong, Shangyun Zhou
MUDA-Architects hopes to further explore the relationship between architecture and music in the design: tapping into the local history and culture, we learnt that the love story between Zhuo Wenjun and Sima Xiangru happened in Qionglai. Taking the song “Feng Qiu Huang” as the starting point, guqin was found, and the strings was extracted. The project abstracts the action of “touching the strings” into architectural form. When the strings solidify at the climax, the final form of the building is obtained, which also responds to the theme “Architecture is frozen music”.
The building generates the entire volume through several rhythmic curves, and the flowing surface reflects the rhythm of the music. The building has a total length of 80 meters, an average width of 20 meters and the highest point of 18 meters. The external curtain wall design adopts the horizontally subdivided aluminum plates, and the change of curvature caused by the surface shape is eliminated by the gap between the each unit, ensuring the precise control of the curtain wall. In addition, the horizontally subdivided aluminum plates look like bamboo texture, which gives a positive response to the characteristics of bamboo culture in Sichuan.
The main entrance to the building is located below the most fluctuating part of the form, which is the climax in movement. The flow of open boundary is formed by the rhythm curve, and the use of transparent glass and glass keel is used to maximize the permeability of the entire entrance. The two secondary entrances are located on the short sides of the building, and the design is the same way as the main entrance.
The façade design on balcony side is a further continuation of the design concept. The façade adopts curved outer balcony, and these over lapping layers are interlaced to form a space and texture effect with a sense of rhythm, which not only meets the functionality of the resort hotel, but also implies the design intention of integrating the architecture with the rhythm of music.
After entering, it is a shared space with a height of 16 meters. The first floor is a multifunctional space with reception, lobby bar, leisure space, and exhibition area. The internal body has 4 floors, and the public corridor of each floor continues the rhythmic curve elements, thus forming a well-proportioned flowing space. At the same time, the spiral staircase is used to organize the vertical traffic in the shared space, making it the focus of streamline organization and visual appreciation in this space. Combined with the spatial and environmental characteristics of the shared hall, the design further optimizes the indoor environment through ecological design strategies: introducing green vegetation to show the nature inside the building.
The building has four floors, and the first floor is a public space, including the reception, lobby bar, coffee, tea house, hot spring pool and other function areas. The 2-4 floors are mainly guest rooms. The sky garden on the roof of the building includes bar and landscape pool, etc, providing people with quality leisure experience.
MUDA-Architects was found in Boston, USA. In April 2015, MUDA entered Chinese market and built Beijing office and Chengdu Office.
MUDA is composed by creative designers with the background of global diversification, who are forward-looking, experienced, professional and ingenious in the field of architecture and design， and focus on architectural practise.
MUDA has been commissioned by clients of various backgrounds for design in public architecture, residence, urban complex, urban design, landscape design and Interior design, including Future House in Mount Qingcheng, Huang Hotel in Xi’an, Huaizhou Urban Observation Deck, Garden Hotpot in Chengdu, M50 Art Hotel in Qionglai, Renovation of Swan League Commercial District in Chengdu and Renovation of Linqiong Alley in Qionglai.
MUDA has realized several award winning projects including Residential Stadium Design Competition in USA, Xinglong Lake Bookstore Architectural Design Competition and was selected as principal designer for Altay Airport. Widely been recognized and published both in China and internationally, MUDA has also won several international awards as 2019 Architizer A+Awards, 2018-2019 A’Design Award, 2018 IDA Awards and 2018 AMP Awards.
Mr. Lu Yun, Founder/ Principal Architect, pays attention to the combination of practise and research, and students schooled by him have applied to Harvard University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Columbia University, AA School of Architecture, UCL and other world top architectural colleges, which have injected pioneering and cutting-edge designers into the firm.