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The Meijie Yun Lake Courtyard Resort, located in Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, is adjacent to the bank of Yun Lake. Originally a spare enclosed office building, it has been transformed into a boutique resort hotel.


Due to its unique location adjacent to a scenic spot, the owners wanted to transform it into a boutique resort hotel to promote the local tourism industry. Studio DOTCOF accepted the commission and carried out the renovation design.

During the initial site survey, the design team found that there was lake scenery, mountain views and beautiful, natural conditions with lush trees and plants. However, the space of the original building is relatively closed, leaving it out of sync with the outdoor landscape.

Combining landscape and nature

To allow guests experiencing more of the landscape and nature, and to have more relaxed physical and mental experiences, the designer made a special spatial treatment at the interface between the interior space and the outdoor landscape.

The design opens part of the corridor area into a semi-outdoor corridor, allowing people access to the inner courtyard. Drawing on the landscape and site characteristics, openings of the external wall were given a variety of forms, including long transverse windows, square windows and hollow holes. This allows the landscape and sunlight to enter the building in different ways. Each room was given a balcony, wide enough for guests to take a bath, drink tea and experience the trees, sunlight and air up close.

Photo credit Zhuang Haolai -wooden shutters

Natural materials

The selection of materials is natural and real: Solid woods, sandstone, brick, rattan mat etc. are used in different areas of the space, allowing people to relax and be healed in nature’s embrace.

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