$230 per night

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Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China
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Set amidst the Karst mountains of Guilin in China’s Guangxi province, this modernized resort makes the most of its former industrial site.

Designed by Chinese firms Vector Architects with interiors by Horizontal Space Design, Alila Yangshuo is a 117-room hotel that's housed within a renovated 1960s sugar mill.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Trees, Grass, Back Yard, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. An old sugarcane dock was turned into a swimming pool, which offers views of the Karst mountains and Li River from a distance. Photo 4 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

An old sugarcane dock was turned into a swimming pool, which offers views of the Karst mountains and Li River from a distance.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, and Metal Railing. Much of the sugar mill’s original brickwork and concrete structures were retained and restored.  Photo 5 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

Much of the sugar mill’s original brickwork and concrete structures were retained and restored.

Modern home with Exterior and Stone Siding Material. To create a few new wall sections, founding partner of Vector Architects Dong Gong created hollowed-out brickwork inspired by the sugar blocks produced in China in the 1920s.  Photo 7 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

To create a few new wall sections, founding partner of Vector Architects Dong Gong created hollowed-out brickwork inspired by the sugar blocks produced in China in the 1920s.

Modern home with Hallway. Dong designed a special machine to produce the customized hollow bricks, which are made of local sandstone.  Photo 8 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

Dong designed a special machine to produce the customized hollow bricks, which are made of local sandstone.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Recessed Lighting, Chair, Night Stands, Accent Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. Five tradesmen worked for more than six months to hand-make each of the new 60,000 hollowed bricks that were used to create sections of the hotel's exterior and interior walls.  Photo 9 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

Five tradesmen worked for more than six months to hand-make each of the new 60,000 hollowed bricks that were used to create sections of the hotel's exterior and interior walls.

Modern home with Bath Room, Undermount Sink, Recessed Lighting, Wall Lighting, Marble Floor, Marble Counter, and Stone Slab Wall. Red volcanic rock that was discovered during the construction process was ground and mixed into the terrazzo floors, and also used throughout the walls, adding subtle red hues to the space.  Photo 10 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

Red volcanic rock that was discovered during the construction process was ground and mixed into the terrazzo floors, and also used throughout the walls, adding subtle red hues to the space.

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, and Side Yard. This ground volcanic rock powder was also used to create the pottery featured in the guest rooms. Slabs of local clay with etchings were used for the bathroom walls.  Photo 11 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

This ground volcanic rock powder was also used to create the pottery featured in the guest rooms. Slabs of local clay with etchings were used for the bathroom walls.

Modern home with Bath Room, Vessel Sink, Wall Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Undermount Tub, and Stone Slab Wall. The town of Yangshuo near Guilin is known for its limestone hills, caves, and tunnels. In fact, bamboo scaffolding is commonly used by locals to climb up the tunnels into the caves.  Photo 12 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

The town of Yangshuo near Guilin is known for its limestone hills, caves, and tunnels. In fact, bamboo scaffolding is commonly used by locals to climb up the tunnels into the caves.

Modern home with Staircase and Concrete Tread. This topography of hills and caves guided the design of the passageways, which undulate through mysterious corridors. There's also a sculptural spiral staircase that descends into the cavernous Spa Alila.  Photo 13 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

This topography of hills and caves guided the design of the passageways, which undulate through mysterious corridors. There's also a sculptural spiral staircase that descends into the cavernous Spa Alila.

Modern home with Hallway. For one of the new guest room wings, Dong took inspiration from the caves and bamboo shoring when placing the installation art that’s suspended in the voids of the common areas.  Photo 14 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

For one of the new guest room wings, Dong took inspiration from the caves and bamboo shoring when placing the installation art that’s suspended in the voids of the common areas.

Modern home with Living Room, Sectional, Chair, Coffee Tables, Console Tables, Recessed Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, Wall Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Table. Light-colored wooden floors, exposed ceiling beams, marble bathrooms, and a warm, earthy color scheme fill the interiors with a stylish, urban look.  Photo 15 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

Light-colored wooden floors, exposed ceiling beams, marble bathrooms, and a warm, earthy color scheme fill the interiors with a stylish, urban look.

Modern home with Living Room, End Tables, Chair, Table, Storage, Wall Lighting, and Console Tables. The hotel’s bar, which is sited where the sugar press once stood, was given a 1960s industrial makeover by Horizontal Space Design and includes a red circular lounge that's sunken into the middle of the space. Photo 16 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

The hotel’s bar, which is sited where the sugar press once stood, was given a 1960s industrial makeover by Horizontal Space Design and includes a red circular lounge that's sunken into the middle of the space.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Floor Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. "Alila Yangshuo is located on a natural site, so I had the opportunity to think of how the environment can impact and influence the architecture and its function," says Dong.  Photo 17 of Alila YangshuoView Photos

"Alila Yangshuo is located on a natural site, so I had the opportunity to think of how the environment can impact and influence the architecture and its function," says Dong.

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Architect
  • Vector Architects
Interior Design
  • Horizontal Space Design
Landscape Design
  • Guilin Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Builder
  • Guangxi Construction Engineering Group No. 1 Construction
Photographer
  • Alila Yangshuo
Structure
  • Hotel
  • Style
  • Industrial
  • Year
  • 1960
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