Linan, China

This 36-room boutique hotel creates a serene atmosphere.  The hotel is sited in a reflecting pool of water, providing a dramatic entry impact.  A few simple architectural concepts bring the streamlined forms together to admit a shaft of light accentuated by a cascading cliffside water feature.  One is drawn from the entrance through a skylit atrium to this dramatic space—an experience devoid of distractions and eliciting a reaction of calming meditation on the visitor.  The theme of simple serenity is augmented with details such as the roof garden, and a skylit meditation space.