Fang Tang Hotel


With the rapid development of the times, people know about world events without leaving home. The great deal of information we have access to in the Internet age not only makes our lives more convenient, but also makes the world transparent. But people’s sense of security is diminishing day by day. And with mobile phones, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for people to communicate face-to-face.

Spatial relationships help us build real relationships with warm sentiments. This was a key driver of the design of the Fang Tang Hotel in Zhengzhou City in China’s Henan Province. The hotel’s target customer group is city youth who have grown tired of fancy and flashy urban activities. The hotel is a stylish yet simple environment that offers a sense of security. Conceived with a strong literary and artistic flavour, the hotel offers a quiet lifestyle and the relaxation and leisure of the body and mind. Importantly, its spaces allow for face-to-face communication.

The focal point within the rooms is a structure that offers various functions: bed, desk, sofa – A9Architects regard it as ‘de-furniture’. More than an object, it extends into the wider space of the room. Raised on a platform, it creates hierarchy in the space and distinguishes different functional areas. A large glass partition makes the space more transparent. The lighting connects different spatial blocks to make the room appear more rich. Different colours of terrazzo differentiate zones.

Throughout the hotel, people were thought of as the core of a place that gives a feeling of security. The design was driven by the relationships between people in space – the core of meaningful communication.

Furniture: HAY, Muji. Lighting: CDN Light. Finishes: KD.Wood.

Photography: Arch-Exist