After years of contemplating expansion options in Beijing, a unique site in a most fantastic area (by our standards) became available. Construction began in May 2014, with an opening scheduled for early 2015. This is an active construction site at the moment, so pictures and commentary will go up in a fairly delayed fashion.. But please stay tuned, and feel free to email us any questions or comments along the way.
Walls are up finally, on what should also become our most well-placed and secluded large room. You can see five huge gaps – those are all massive double-pane glass windows. The first is for the bathroom and the rest for the room itself, with the furthest one acting also as a door for entering the long and spacious garden.
Main entrance to the room facing the central garden facade
Here’s a fun one. It took only one day for these walls and the facade of the stairwell to come up. Still a ways away from having stairs though, so views from up top will have to wait.
Today the workers have built up the main facade bordering our central garden from the South. The facade also creates a main floor alleyway separating the two south bedrooms.
A worker standing on a make-shift platform for placing the bricks
Two hours later — Done.
Oh – look at that — A new room has been made!
In only two days the structural walls have come up and all the support beams are in place to hold up the concrete ceiling. The grey brick facade has also been placed around the private garden. If we wall in the room with glass at the front as planned then this room will have a total area of 20 square meters. That’s a nice size room for a hotel, but a very generous room considering it will exist within a traditional courtyard in the hutongs of Beijing.
Siuming and Mr. Guo discussing the plans
Private garden space facing the room
Large bathroom area facing the stairs up to the unbuilt second floor
From the bathroom facing the unfinished wall and stairs
Looking out of the room towards the small private garden.
A 10th room has been recovered. Loosely defined public space on the second floor has been repurposed into a wonderfully positioned luxury room with a generous amount of space, a superb view and a unique 2nd floor entrance. It would have made a great lounge space, but we feel we might have enough with the restaurant/bar and main floor lobby area. We hope you agree.
Seeing both South-west rooms – a garden room below and the Lookout above it
Another view from the main yard.
Here’s why it’s called the Lookout. That’s the bell tower right there..