The bustling metropolis streets of Taipei knowledgeable the interiors of this resort, which design studio Neri&Hu has created inside a former residential constructing.
Situated within the Da’an district of Taipei, the Kimpton Da An Hotel is supposed to be an “inner sanctuary” with lots of areas for relaxation and contemplation.
Although the resort has been designed by Neri&Hu to supply respite from the town, its city environment are referenced steadily all through the inside.
These references embrace tiles and metalwork impressed by these discovered throughout the town’s streets and alleyways, and a restaurant that nods to Taipei’s avenue meals tradition.
Guests arrive on the 7,500-square-metre resort within the floor flooring foyer the place there’s a reception lounge wrapped with shiny white tiles, a cloth that usually clads the town’s buildings and shopfronts.
A big void within the foyer ceiling creates a dramatic double-height atrium house the place a recent chandelier is hung. Other extra intimate lounge areas populate the remainder of the foyer house, some of which face home windows that body views of the backyard outdoor.
The metalwork throughout the resort’s exterior takes inspiration from what the studio describes because the “layers of craftsmanship” discovered on the intricate home windows and facades within the surrounding neighbourhood.
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In the hotel’s 129 guest rooms, oak walls with built-in storage and internal, mesh-covered windows are used to divide-up the space. These wooden partitions were conceived by Neri&Hu as thresholds that create “in-between” spaces in the rooms.
“The challenge for Kimpton Da An was how to convert a residential building into a hotel due to the idiosyncrasies of the plan,” the studio added.
“Enclosed in between the thresholds, this space offers a momentary retreat – an introverted space for contemplation.”
In contrast to the quiet guest room experience, the hotel’s restaurant embraces a communal dining format that takes note from the city’s vibrant street food culture.
A network of walls raised on wooden legs has been lined up to sit just in front of the existing building perimeter, each covered with custom-designed geometric wallpapers or richly coloured fluted tiles.
The walls are punctuated with arched doorways, forming a series of interconnected eating areas. This arrangement is also meant to mimic an enfilade – a suite of rooms that are formally aligned with each other.
Founded by architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Chinese design studio Neri&Hu has recently completed another hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which they described as an urban oasis.
The 143-room Alila Bangsar hotel occupies the top eight floors of the 42-storey skyscraper and has a layout arranged around a rooftop pool.
Photography is by Pedro Pegenaute.
Interior designer: Neri&Hu
Design team: Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu (founding partners, principal in charge), Laurent Tek (associate director), Akrawit Yanpaisan, Chloe Chiu, Federico Salmaso, James Beadnall, Lara de Pedro, Brian Lo (associate director), Junho Jeon, Xiaowen Chen, Haiou Xin (senior graphic designer), Chengju Chang, Jacqueline Yam