IDPA Japan Design Award

International Design Pioneer Award
International Design Pioneer Award

Atour Hotel of Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center May Fourth Square

by NOD Architectural Design

Project Description

Project Name: Atour Hotel of Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center May Fourth Square
Location: No.1 Donghai Middle Road, Shinan District, Qingdao City, Shandong Province
Design Company: NOD
Architectural Design Chief Designer: Aria Li, Leon Liu
Assistant Designer: Li li, Jianxin Chen, Ping Zhou
Area: 8834 suqare meters
Cost: 6 million
Design Cycle: March 10, 2023- April 14, 2023
Completion time: August 6, 2023
Main Materials: Terrazzo, micro cement art paint, old wood
Client Name: Atour Hotel
It's not a flamboyant beauty, but a quietly restrained one, similar to a delicate thread of emotion. — Haruki Murakami
Located in the bustling area of Shinan District, Qingdao, this project departs from the conventional and reflects cultural connotations and humanistic spirit in the midst of the city's hustle and bustle, creating a poetic and elegant residence with a minimalist and refined spatial aesthetic.
Spatial Essence of Intertwined Elements
Upon entering the lobby, the designer transforms cylindrical columns into walls within a fan-shaped space, creating a fragmented yet continuous spatial layout. The use of micro-cement imparts a simple and concise elegance, establishing a foundation of freedom and warmth along the curves of the space, setting the stage for diverse and distinct spatial experiences.
The cream-colored curved corners outline the ceiling and walls, while terrazzo floors exude a stable retro vibe, interweaving to create a gentle and appropriate spatial atmosphere. The self-service check-in and tea service at the front desk are presented with a simple and natural demeanor, standing in front of light stone walls. Bamboo installations hang like ribbons above the old wood and cement, with concealed ceiling lights illuminating the wall surfaces, bringing out the artistic temperament and spatial spirit from the ethereal ambiance.
The concept of "Better to eat without meat than to live without bamboo" highlights the close connection between external objects and the interest in living spaces, forming the basis for the "Bamboo Residence" theme. Tree-like seating and simulated skylight illumination create a natural scene, providing a serene place for contemplation or relaxation amidst the simplicity.
A long table in one corner of the hall, paired with rattan chairs and a deep wooden table, creates a homely living scene. Combined with wall-mounted bookshelves, it fosters a cultural atmosphere, offering a welcoming space for both work and reading. Casual seating and rounded wooden side tables create a leisurely atmosphere, subtly revealing tranquility and softness, providing a serene space for conversations and contemplation of street scenes.
Light and Shadow: Expansive Spaces
The suspended wall in front of the elevator hall resembles overlapping waves extending into the distance, with a coarse stone wall hidden behind, generating a rustic and elegant quality in its form and substance. Circular artistic wall lamps, resembling hanging hats, become visual focal points in the interplay of light and shadow, guiding guests to other spaces within the building.
In the children's activity area, the combination of wave-shaped wooden tables and arched doorways creates a soft and harmonious environment. Arched bookshelves and animal-shaped seats offer activities for children, considering the needs of family activities and parent-child dining.
The restaurant, situated on the top floor, continues the overall tone of the space. The curvature of the space and weathered standing wood interpret harmonious lines and fluidity in geometry. In the arc-shaped circulation route, terrazzo elements form low walls, adding spatial layers to the staggered space. Inside the main dining area, small windows are redesigned with porthole-style and various ornaments, reconstructing the dining scene.
The renovated secondary dining area features a ceiling in the form of waves and a glass skylight, presenting the beauty of reality and illusion. Natural light writes a comfortable play of light and shadow, regulating light and temperature while building an interactive bridge between space and environment. Amidst dining, one can enjoy the play of light and shadow on green plants and the outside scenery, creating a harmonious atmosphere that complements the culinary experience—a unique living experience.
The minimalist and simple spatial tone gradually unfolds throughout the renovation process. The re-planned lighting and space add convenience and interest to the existing space, brewing a calm and tranquil atmosphere. The transformation of the restaurant's ceiling also considers the building's green sustainability. Art pieces, old wood, and greenery are integrated and extended, forming the veins that connect the space. The interweaving creates a restrained and elegant spatial spirit, offering a serene and beautiful haven for city wanderers.

NOD Architectural Design

Scroll to Top