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Miyue Blue and White Island Pool Homestay

Cliffside hotel in China features cave-like pool with sea views

Chinese interior studio GS Design has created the nature-informed Miyue Blue and White Island Pool Homestay near Shenzhen, China.

Located in Nan'ao Subdistrict, the Miyue Blue and White Island Pool Homestay was designed to reference its surrounding environment.

Cliffside hotel in China
Miyue Blue and White Island Pool Homestay is located near Shenzhen

The exterior of the five-storey building is punctuated by a series of arched windows, inviting the surrounding natural landscape of the cliffside hotel into the building. Each storey was stacked above one another, creating balconies and terrace pool areas on the upper three floors.

The Shenzhen-based studio used white as the base tone of the interiors to contrast the rich blues of the surrounding sea and sky.

Bamboo roof in white hotel
Wood and bamboo were used in the hotel restaurant to reference the natural environment

"Elegant vacation is the core idea of this space," explained GS Design.

"The whole building takes pure white as the basic tone, combined with blue sea and sky, expressed the relaxation of the exotic vacation, as if people immersed in nature

Cave-like swimming pool
A cave-like pool features in one guest room

The entrance of the hotel on the third floor where a public restaurant is also located. A bamboo ceiling painted in white and wooden furniture add to the overall nature-informed interiors of the hotel. GS Design cladded the bar in black bamboo to create a sense of mystery.

Other public spaces of the hotel include a water bar, reading recreation area and a conference room. GS Design created 25 different guest rooms spread throughout all floors, each with a unique view framed by various shaped windows.

One room features a cave-like pool that extends from within the inside of the room to the outside. The polished rugged surface of the cave envelopes the bath, protecting the privacy of the guests as well as connecting them directly to the outdoor nature.

"The natural scenery corresponding to different caves and pools has become the core of space," said GS Design. "Through the visual, tactile, auditory sensory experience , we create a more delicate appropriate sense of vacation for travellers."

Miyue Blue and White Island Pool Homestay
The base tone of white contrasts the blues of surrounding sea and sky

The top attic rooms were designed specifically for family with children.

According to the studio, triangle oblique top modelling and window framing evoke the memory of childhood corner, as they discovered in a survey a huge demand for parent-child serviced rooms for urban hotels.

GS Design was established in 2014 and is based in Shenzhen. Previously it has designed a similar hotel on the beachside of Sanya, China, with arched windows and sculptural vaulted corridors.

The photography is by Aoxiang.

Project credits:

Design director: Li Liangchao, Huang Yuanman
Soft outfitting design director: Feng Yu
Design team: Fu Qixin, Xu Zuohua, Zheng Yong, Zhong Zhige

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