Elegance of Modern Chinese Design: The PuXuan Hotel in the Guardian Art Center, Beijing

Shanghai-based architecture and interior design firm MQ Studio has recently opened a new hotel in the glazed upper levels of Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Art Center, Beijing.

The PuXuan hotel is a 116-room establishment and welcomed visitors starting in the winter of 2018. It resides in perhaps China’s most significant historical area, in the Northeast Corner of the Forbidden City, opposite the Capital Art Museum.

The Guardian Art Center looks like a modernist, state-of-the-art building with “pixelated” volumes in the lower portion and translucent glass bricks in the top. The upper portion of the building enjoys unobstructed views of the former Imperial Palace.

With the grain, color and intricate scale of Beijing’s Hutongs as inspiration, the hotel comprises an inner courtyard and several smaller programmatic courtyards dispersed around the hotel through continuous scale shifts, so as to create the effect of a “courtyard within a courtyard within a courtyard,” said the architects.

MQ Studio, the interdisciplinary boutique agency behind the interior design, interior decoration and landscaping of this project, specializes in luxury transportation, hospitability, residential and retail projects around the world, with a stronghold the Asia Pacific. Other notable projects include the luxurious cliffside Raddison Blu hotel in Indonesia and the opulent Peacock Room in Shanghai, which bagged awards at the 2018 World Interior Design and German Design Council competitions.

The interiors of the hotel have light-hued upholstery contrasted with jet-black carbon fiber walls, to create a luxurious, yet cozy atmosphere. The lobby has high ceilings bordered by dark shelves so as to resemble a communal creative space or a library.

The hotel has four dining options: The River Gauche, inspired by bohemian Paris, with olive green accents; Cantonese restaurant Fu Chun Ju with private, curved seating booths; the Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea and refreshments; and the Tea Room to experience a traditional, ceremonial tea experience in an elegant space.

The rooms are particularly spacious thanks to the moving rattan screens, which are influenced by the Oriental screens in Chinese culture and given a modern rendition. The headboards and rugs are mauve to complement the cherry wood finishes of the interior, movable furniture pieces. The bathrooms comprise of clean-white objects contrasted with a lighter birch wood finish.

Everything you need to know when booking your stay: The PuXuan Hotel’s room prices start at USD $320
. This hotel takes up residence in the state-of-the-art, Ole Scheeren-designed Guardian Art Centre
, located in the historic Forbidden City neighborhood. One innovative design draw is the mauve and chocolate-hued modern furniture that is contrasted with cherry wood and jet-black carbon fiber walls.

The hotel is located at No.1 WangFuJing Street, Beijing, China, 100006
. Visit The PuXuan Hotel to book your stay!


Photos by Zhu Hai and Jiao Yang.

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