City Inn (Chengdu Kuanzhai Alley) Hotel by Chu Chih-Kang

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
City Inn (Chengdu Kuanzhai Alley)

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Hotel

INSPIRATION:
To make people see the history of this area, we let them to walk into the history. The hotel is transferred into a modern art gallery.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Photos and products of the old good times were displayed in the lobby as art work. Every room was decorated in monotone. Pictures on the wall are street views in black-and-white color, furniture in black, white or grey are in retro style. The room looks like a pop-up photo. If guests take photos in the room, they will find out they are the only colorful object in a black-and-white photo.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Photos and products of the old good times were displayed in the lobby as art work. Every room was decorated in monotone. Pictures on the wall are street views in black-and-white color, furniture in black, white or grey are in retro style. The room looks like a pop-up photo. If guests take photos in the room, they will find out they are the only colorful object in a black-and-white photo. All of this is to create a nostalgic yet modern environment. We want people who stay here can see the history of this area but also to feel the alive energy.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
City Inn is located nearby historical attraction Kuanzhai Alley in Chengdu.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Because of the limited budget, there isn’t any high tech nor complicated technology. On the contrary, we choose the very basic way to make the big effort, ie., we use mirror effect to make the space look bigger; in the restaurant, there are floor-to-ceiling windows, sunlight comes in through the bamboo plants, which make it very Sichuan style.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The total area is 4742 sqm.When we decorate the objects of past, we don’t want people to see the worn part but the beautiful part of them. We display them as art pieces. City Inn Kuanzhai Alley is a modern are gallery of “Present and Past”.

TAGS:
hotel, interior design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
City Inn are broadly located in China, the image of City Inn is clean and cozy, but not interesting. Now we gave City Inn Kuanzhai Ally a new look: modern and interesting. We would like to use social media to publicize the new image of City Inn. Thus we made a lot of scene to attract people to take photos to share on line while they are staying here. It is free and efficient advertisement, and that really helps City Inn to renew their image and get more attention.

CHALLENGE:
Low budget is a big challenge, also to make the subject “history” interesting rather than old is not an easy thing. We would like to create the modern atmosphere but to show the significance of history at the same time. Black-and-white toned background and furniture show the retro style, neat and sharp space brings a sense of contemporary and modern.

ADDED DATE:
2017-01-05 04:50:42

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Chief Designer: Chu Chih-Kang

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Chengdu, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Chengdu, 2016.
Image #3: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Chengdu, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Chengdu, 2016.
Image #5: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Chengdu, 2016.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Chu Chih Kang Space Design

PROFILE:
The name Chu Chih-Kang had been internationally renowned in year 2015. His works have been listed as indicator of design trend by main stream media in Europe. Meanwhile, he has won more than 10 most authoritative design awards from German, Japan, Hong Kong , America and Mainland China, which including German Design Award and ICONIC AWARDS issued by German Design Council. AD Magazine refers to him as one of the AD 10 0- Most Influential Design Elites in China, and his work Fangsuo Bookstore in Chengdu is rated as one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores by AD Magazine (international version). Chu and his works have been reported by magazines and media of more than 10 languages. In year 2016, Chu Chih-Kang was invited by GAA to display his new conceptual design Mountain‧ Water in Parallel Show “Time Space Existence” of La Biennale di Venezia 2016. Actually, in year 2008, Chu had gained recognition of iF and reddot with his design- wood stool “Dong Dong Qiang. Chu is good at discovering touching moments in his memory, thus his works always resonate with readers. “Be true” is what he emphasizes. He believes that when nature of space and expectations of owners are understood, issues of space application are solved and ornate decoration is replaced by simple materials, the character of the space will be shown. Chu comes from Taiwan and has been exposed to rich culture since his childhood. Chinese cultural elements, which are not superficial but with deep cultural connotation, could always be found in his design. Combined with his keen observation of scenario, his works could always awaken those emotions in people’s memories. That is why his works could touch readers’ heart. His works touch not only Chinese who have shared cultural memories, but also westerners. “In Chu’s works, we see new modern eastern design” said such westerners. Awards 2016 A’Design Award – PLATINUM, Italy 2016 World Retail Awards – Store Design of the Year 2015 ICONIC AWARDS – interior, Best of Best, Germany 2015 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards – Gold Award, Hong Kong 2016 German Design Award – Special Mention, Germany 2016 37th annual interiors awards, U.S.A. 2016 TID Award, Taiwan 2016 iF Design Awards, Germany 2016 WIN Awards-shortlist, UK 2015 Design For Asia – Bronze Award, Hong Kong 2015 Best of Year Awards, U.S.A. 2015 GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2015, Japan 2015 AD100 – The Most Influential Architectural Design and Design Elite in China, China 2016 40 Under 40, Perspective, Hong Kong 2008 iF product design award, Germany 2008 red dot award: product design, Germany

NOMINATION DETAILS

City Inn (chengdu Kuanzhai Alley) Hotel by Chu Chih-Kang is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

City Inn (chengdu Kuanzhai Alley) Hotel by Chu Chih-Kang is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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