Lyndon Neri on the design of the Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat | Architecture | Dezeen

Neri&Hu cofounder Lyndon Neri explains how the studio referenced traditional Chinese courtyard homes in its design for a hotel, in this interview Dezeen filmed at the AHEAD Asia awards ceremony.

Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat won awards in two categories – New Concept of the Year, and Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces – at the third AHEAD Asia awards in March, which celebrated the best in hotel and resort design across the continent.

Located in the Chinese city of Yangzhou, the 20-room hotel comprise a series of old structure that have been renovated and extended. A network of pathways creates a grid that surrounds these buildings and also frames new courtyards.

The hotel is located close to the Slender West Lake in Hanjiang, a popular tourist destination which attracts visitors with its manmade lakes.

“The design brief called for the adaptive reuse of some existing buildings close to a beautiful panoramic lake called the Silver Lake,” Neri said.

In order to connect the existing structures, the Shanghai-based studio looked to a housing typology based around courtyards, typical to the Yangzhou area.

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