Domain Architect's pitched roofs in Sky Yards Hotel create micro yards in Xiuwu County, China.
Surrounded by an unfinished building site, wasteland and industrial sites, this 48-room hotel in a small town is not blessed with beautiful surroundings. Fortunately, Taihang Mountain is visible from two major sides.
A hotel room is commonly designed as an outward box to maximize the view. We rejected this conventional model and reinvented the experience in a typical room: a micro, private courtyard with a scroll-like view of the sky and the mountain, while the view below eye-level is blocked. The design evokes the traditional Chinese garden making methodology of concealing and revealing.