Holiday home & hotel design

Zen design and indirect lighting in perfect combination – Karesansui Hotel in China

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Zen is a feeling, an approach to life that is typical of the culture of Japan and China. It ranges from architecture to garden design, the tea ceremony, the art of calligraphy and ikebana to the martial arts. The influences of Zen Buddhism serve as inspiration for design and architecture also outside of Asia. The focus is on beauty with a simple shape and design. Zen design looks minimalist and at the same time conjures up a calm, relaxed atmosphere. The architects at Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design used this principle to design a hotel complex in Yunnan, China. Elements of the ancient Tibetan construction method “Shangri-La”, wood and stone in a natural look are in perfect connection with minimalist furnishing style.

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Karesanui Hotel is located in the historic Shangri-La area, three minutes from the popular Sifang Road. The construction was completed two years ago, comprises a total of six buildings and fits in with the traditional architectural style. The architects paid attention to every detail. Both inside and outside, only natural materials such as wood, stone and concrete are used. This is characterized by the rough, untreated look, which perfectly complements the Zen design. The hotel has 15 rooms, a restaurant, a separate tea room and a lobby, all designed in the Tibetan style with low furniture and recessed seating.

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The guest rooms are located in the different buildings, which are staggered and connected by external stairs. In between there are several small zen gardens and green areas that bring nature closer. The unique elements and structures really come into their own, especially in the evening thanks to the indirect lighting. The interiors are characterized by the same modern interpretation of Zen style that is also visible on the outside.

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Concrete, stone and patinated wood are in perfect harmony with each other both in the exterior and in the interior. The unique combination of materials conjures up a contemplative atmosphere and an immediate Zen feeling that hotel guests will certainly enjoy.

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* a project by Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design