Despite Chengdu’s largely flat terrain, the mountains surrounding the metropolis in China’s southwestern Sichuan province have guided BUZZ/Büro Ziyu Zhuang’s design of the Chengdu VUE Resort. Located in the nature-centric mixed-use development Tianfu Vanke City, the property, which will eventually add a residential component, is in constant dialogue with the landscape.
“The fluid shape and layout, with the metaphorical meanings attached to it, allow for a constant connection to Shushan Mountain,” says chief architect Ziyu Zhuang. From the Eastern philosophical perspective, mountains are not fixed points in the landscape, but natural forms that are constantly shifting, transforming into clouds that float through heaven and earth. It is this poetic visual that informs the hotel’s layout running along an east-west axis.
As guests make their way past bamboo trees and water basins at the entrance, they navigate a path that loops around a lush inner courtyard. Mimicking the curves of the roof, the walkway is defined by walls and atriums that serve as viewfinders framing the environs. It organically merges the indoors and outdoors, just as the use of brick and glass symbolize the union of tradition and modernity.
The Chengdu VUE Resort was the winner in the Upscale Hotel Public Space project category at the 2021 HD Awards.