Pingle in Sichuan, China, is famous for its long musical history. This ancient settlement traditionally has been a hub for Chinese musical talent and inspiration. Architect firm MUDA have unveiled plans to build a hotel in the magnificent town based on this special cultural heritage. The planning went as far to checking out the local styles and interpretations of design to ensure their building matched the architectural 'genetics' of the location.
The hotel is built around several curving lines that dictate harmonious flow, just like that found in great music. Rhythmic sections mean that the building adapts and wanders in units like the bars on a stave. These subdivisions are held as one by an exterior aluminium skin that adds vibrancy and illumination to the structure. Also, paying attention to the cultural history of the area, Sichuan bamboo texture has been replicated on this outer wall, meaning that although progressive and fit for the future, the frontage fits in with all that has come before it.
The M50 Art Hotel was especially inspired by a famous Chinese love story.Like the Romeo and Juliet of the east, Zhuo Wenjun and Sima Xiangru are based on true life circumstances and have inspired many stories and cultural expressions.. A song about the couple, written for the guqin, called Feng Qiu Huang stood as the initial basis for the hotel's design.
“We learned that the love story between Zhuo Wenjun and Sima Xiangru happened in Qionglai. Taking the song "Feng Qiu Huang" as the starting point, guqin was found, and the strings were extracted. The project abstracts the action of "touching the strings" into architectural form. When the strings solidify at the climax, the final form of the building is obtained, which also responds to the theme “Architecture is frozen music”.
-MUDA-Architects (Arch Daily)
The abstract oblong design stretches about 80 meters in one direction and around 20 in the other. This means that four floors can host several hundred visitors at once. With a spiral staircase penetrating right up through the rhythmic system of levels, the entire project allows residents to truly explore the functional design. A grand entrance clad in transparent glass will allow visitors to walk into a well-lit and spacious foyer before checking in and finding their apartment. Expected to be ready in 2020, this iconic building will undoubtedly attract multiple scores of visitors.
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