Blueprint Awards 2018 Winners Announced!

Best Interior Project – Leisure

Winner: Department of Architecture Co., Thailand
MIST Hot-Spring Hotel, Xuchang, Henan, China

Department of Architecture Co., Thailand MIST Hot-Spring Hotel, Xuchang, Henan, China

Judges’ Comments

‘These are heroic spaces and brave interiors… minimal but with some big gestures, this is a wow project.' Tina Norden

‘Love the surprise details, clean lines and use of light.’ Fernanda Marques

The MIST Hot-Spring Hotel is located in a region of China — the Henan province — that has been considered the country’s most famous hot spring destination for over a thousand years. As such, the hotel responds to the thriving hotspring tourism and aims to be a landmark that attracts both domestic and international tourists in all seasons.

The design practice’s inspiration for the interior design came from ‘the beauty of the hot-spring steam itself’. Architecturally scaled, site-specific installations exploring natural phenomena relating to mist and water are designed and installed throughout the hotel as the main elements that tie the experience together. These installations are designed to integrate into, rather than simply decorate, the architectural and interior space.

In the lobby, an installation made of hundreds of layers of crystals is inspired by a spectrum of light passing through hot steam. In the ballroom, a matrix of delicate acrylic rings forms a semi-transparant, irregular cloud-like formation, transformed by colour-changing light rings. In the restaurant, an installation inspired by the silver-lining silhouette of steam defines seating and kitchen zones. Guest bedrooms, meanwhile, are not joined by a typical corridor, but by a series of bridges floating in atriums. The magenta and blue glazing on the facade of the building brings colour into the otherwise monochrome hotel, expressing the designer’s desire to ‘dye’ the space with coloured light.

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