xiangshawan desert lotus hotel

xiangshawan desert lotus hotel

Architect
PLAT ASIA
Location
Kangbashi, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Hotels
PLAT ASIA

Xiangshawan Desert Lotus Hotel

PLAT ASIA as architecture, masterplan, landscape, interiors

Lotus Resort is located in Xiangshawan Desert, a part of Kubuqi Desert. Due to the restriction by its special geographic, we invented a new structural system that fix in fluid sands using only steel panels without the help of concrete or water. The panels and the supporting skeleton structures are pre-fabricated, and make the base of the building a large container for sands. Thus, the steel panel structure can function as a boat floating on desert that carries our building. The sands in and out of the structure exert same forces to each other, and thus it is flexibly stabilized. Also, walls are load-bearing structures in order to reduce the pressure on base.

Moreover, we use materials from desert in interior design so that people get full experience of desert in Lotus Resort. For instance, through a series of experiments, we managed to invent a wall-covering material that is made of sands from local desert. 

We used the traditional Chinese idea of “Zhen”, which is, in simple words, repeating same elements. Rotation of squares in a same angle creates triangles in the process, and made the form stronger. In consideration of structure, shading and wind, we integrated function, form and landscape, resulting in a form of lotus. Lotus Resort is only a part of Xiangshawan Desert planning.

Project Credits

Project Name: Xiangshawan Desert Lotus Hotel

Location: Kubuqi Desert, Dalad, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China

Client: Xiangshawan Tourism

Architects: PLAT ASIA

Design Team: Baoyang Bian, Donghyun Jung, Satoshi Maeda, Shuangquan Li, Wenke Qiao, Huiling Dao, Doudou Li

Type: Masterplan, Architecture, Interior, Landscape

Construction Design: Beijing Huachengboyuan Engineering Technology Group

Construction Firm: BNBM House

Photograph: Arch-Exist Photography; PLAT ASIA

Use: Resort Hotel

Total floor area: 30700sqm

Site area: 50,000sqm

Building scope: 2F

Max Height: 40m

Construction: Light Weight Steel Structure

Structure material: Steel, Membrane

Interior material: Sand, etc

Design Period: 2006-2014

Completion time: 2016

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