Blur Hotel by Studio Pei-Zhu is an additions and alterations project located in Beijing, China.
The existing building, a government office described as a “backward looking pastische”, is located next to the Western Gate of the Forbidden City.
In order to integrate the building into the historic fabric of the area, a continuous and semi-transparent façade was wrapped around the government office.
Made in the image of a Chinese lantern, the building lights up at night to reveal the activities taking place within.
Other strategies employed in the refurbishment include the integration of the building with its surrounding architectural typology of the courtyard house. This is achieved through the creation of alternating vertical courtyards by carving into the concrete slab floors of the existing.
In addition, the ground floor is also opened up by assigning to it public-oriented programs.
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Studio Pei-Zhu is a Beijing-based architectural firm headed by Pei-Zhu. Its designs have been featured on Domus and Architectural Record.