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The most beautiful thing is 

to be in a chance encounter in the landscape.

A river on a rainy day in Jiangnan is a dreamy scene - swaying and listening to the rain, waking up to catch the light, and walking slightly and elegantly. However, the most unforgettable memories, but often hidden in that invisible scenery.



In the village of Shanwan in Wujiang District, Suzhou, the tranquillity of the idyllic town, the quiet expanse of the river and the historical culture blend. The Boatyard Hotel is located in this languid spatial landscape. The rippling black-roofed buildings are like the crow-top boats gathered and docked on the shore, sometimes melodious, sometimes serene and moving, becoming the finishing touch to the ink painting on the shore.


WJ STUDIO 万境设计在室内空间中更是赋予独特的节奏韵律与空间体验。当人们带着对田园水乡的憧憬来到这里时,殊不知自己早已成为这风景中的一部分。

WJ STUDIO is to give its indoor space rhyme and spatio-temporal experience. When people come to this place longing for the idyllic scenery of the water village, they do not know that they have already become a member of this scenery.



Dialogue of time and space




Proper architecture grows naturally, logically and poetically in its environment.

-- Louis Sullivan



A three-dimensional space embraces things growing, evolving, and intersecting while time moves forward like a river. The images one captures in each moment are instantaneous landscapes - nature, fields, light and artificial design meet at the intersection of space and time.


「A Settlement in Time and Space」



A floating island with a few dead trees stretches as if to welcome and detail the passage of time. The hotel building is integrated with the surrounding natural landscape. The high and low arched roofs form a colony, just like the ships docked on the waterfront of the rising mountains.



When you turn around and enter, a slightly arched trestle bridge and a crow-top boat are moored on the side. The light pours down from the dome's skylight on a sunny day and is etched on the stone slab with time.


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If it rains, the water droplets keep falling on the canopy, and the scenic rocks and Jiangnan's unique sound and colour are revealed in this area alone.


「Glory of Memory」



After passing the bridge, the large floor-to-ceiling windows open up the view. A bench with a carefully recessed water pattern invites visitors to sit and watch the water, trees and clouds on the other side of the isolated island.





The circular outline is like sitting in a boat and looking out, empty of all things, free of distractions and temporarily insulated from the world's affairs.


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The island is deliberately hidden in a dark place opposite the window, which can be found by looking back when needed. It is always unobtrusive and undisturbed, giving way to natural elegance.


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When people Stroll along the promenade, the corridor is a place for relaxation and a coffee and book bar. Like a long scroll, the horizontal space and the arching roof take in the riverbank scenery one by one, with the morning light and sunset and the viewing bridge extending into the water.



Corbusier's "Mother's House" is the ending at the end of the space. The similar overlooking bay window, river, lake and sea, and the overflowing light and shadow are intertwined in time and space at this moment, and the shimmering water surface brings up the warmth of mother and home in memory.




Peaceful Dwelling




The spring water is blue in the sky, and the painted boat listens to the rain and sleeps.

--Wei Zhuang, Pu Sa Man




When you live in nature, you are connected to the earth, and your heart will be at peace and calm with the wind of the field. Just as the artistic creation of the "docked boat" in the hotel expresses a semi-submerged state - may everyone who arrives here no longer wander and dwell in peace.


「Within the Sequence」



The guest rooms in the quiet area are also equipped with a multi-layer sequence. From the courtyard to the bedroom to the collection, the space progresses from outside to inside and from inside to out.A sunken pool open to the sky's light, a cup of thin wine, at ease.



The room facing the riverbank offers a panoramic view of the waterfront. Leaning over the long case, people can enjoy the sunset with the shadow of trees and the light of waves.




All this breaks the traditional spatial axis, not coherently, but in a leaping way, with pauses, turns, openings and subtleties, like a shallow singing, laying a gentle and charming scene.


「Under the Dome」



The guest room area from the first floor to the second floor is like the climax of a journey, guiding the occupants upward with great interest. Light enters the reserved slits, creating a "line of sight" to the interior.



The guest rooms on the second floor retain their high vaulted ceilings, buffered by a foyer, and then have a horizontal opening to the room layout. The tall and wide floor-to-ceiling windows are enough to incorporate the outdoor scenery into the interior. A seat in front of the window, a cup of tea, a pot of food, a vessel......a heart rests in peaceful living.



Life is like a long boat, going for daily life and desire; love is the way back. At this moment, "the day on the boat" is to return to the essence of living and the deep meaning of the journey.

项目信息 Project Info


Boatyard Hotel






室内设计‍:WJ STUDIO 万境设计







Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu

Completion Date: 2023.2

Type of Project: Boutique hotel

Project Area: 1200㎡

Client: Suzhou Blue City Cultural Tourism Co.

Interior Design: WJ STUDIO

Principle Designer: Hu Zhile

Design Team: Yang Xi, Yang Lilien, Zhou Shuyi, Ye Zi

Architectural Design: GOA

Lighting Design: Yi Ke Guang Lighting Design (Shanghai) Co.

Photographer: Zhu Hai, Zhang Xi

Project Video: Zhang Xi


WJ STUDIO 万境设计创始人/设计总监

WJ STUDIO万境设计注重建筑内、外空间的延续性和创造性思考,从理解建筑、周边环境以及产品核心内容出发,探索空间、人与自然的联结,为使用者创造兼具实用性与个性化的室内、外空间。


作为一支年轻、多元性和创造力的团队,WJ STUDIO万境设计在创始人胡之乐的带领下,屡次获得国际设计奖项,包括世界建筑节WAF/INSIDE(2017-2022)、日本Good Design Award(2022、2018)、Andrew Martin国际室内设计大奖(2022)、美国Architizer A+奖(2022)、巴黎设计大奖(2022)、亚太房地产大奖(2022-2023)、美国IDA国际设计大奖(2021)、AD100最具影响力设计机构(2019、2017)等。