Tongling Hotel is located in an inlet of an artificial lake surrounded by a newly planned park in Tongling, China. The architect’s intention is to maximize this fascinating context and provide all visitors with a feeling of awe as they take in the breathtaking view whilst following the structure’s gentle loop.
The water courtyard is encircled by three stratified looped slabs of the building. These slabs are sloped and connected with smooth circulation. As a result, the building has the continuous form drawn with a single stroke like a neck tie. Both ends of the building become bridges connecting two opposite banks of the inlet, used by public visitors, hotel guests and service staffs. The roof is also opened to the public as an observation platform providing a stunning view of the lake, while the courtyard serves as a private space for the hotel guests.
Bamboo louvers serve as the building facade and help to reduce the penetration of sunlight and protect the privacy of the guests, they also help to express our design’s spirit in regionality and sustainability.

2011-(basic design)
Tongling, China
Tongling Leisurely Roentgen Yuan (Group) Co., Ltd
Design credit
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)
Principal architects
Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto