- Project Name
- Lithos Wellness Center
- Chengdu Wide Horizon New Town Development Co.
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- 34,444 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
- Madeleine D'Angelo
- Project Status
- On the Boards/In Progress
This project was named an Award winner in the 69th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, and was featured in the March 2022 issue of ARCHITECT.
“The water connection is not a deliberate, direct connection. And to see a project that begins to engage with the water’s edge in such an evocative, sophisticated way, that’s it for me.” — Juror Patricia Saldaña Natke, FAIA
Höweler + Yoon Architecture of Boston has taken its sharp, analytical approach to the burgeoning western Chinese city of Chengdu, producing a hospitality project that promises to become a local landmark. More than just a high-end guest house, the Lithos Wellness Center is slated to be a full-service yoga and wellness retreat, an oasis in the center of the bustling megalopolis. Availing themselves of the lakefront site, the designers created a building that marks a formal and functional break in the quotidian operations of the urban environment. In a fantastic, almost dream-like scene, visitors arrive by boat to find themselves at a plaza-cum-dock seemingly carved out of one corner of the structure. They are then conducted upward via a sweeping staircase to the above-grade lobby, a wide-open bowl of a space unencumbered by interior supports, with the hotel rooms and spa contained in the cantilevered volume overhead. Topped by a garden roof with views over the lake and cityscape, the building wears its meditative heart on its architectural sleeve by way of a cladding system of composite aluminum strips, the vertical ribs giving the façade a steady, soothing rhythm interrupted only by the contoured void of the arrival and reception suite.
PROJECT CREDITSProject: Lithos Wellness Center, Chengdu, China
Client/Owner: Chengdu Wide Horizon New Town Development Co.
Architect: Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Boston. Eric Höweler, AIA (Principal), Sungwoo Jang (Senior Associate), Ching Ying Ngan, AIA (Associate), Elle Gerdeman, AIA
Mechanical Engineer: Jizhunfangzhong Architectural Design Associates Chengdu LDI
Structural Engineer: Jizhunfangzhong Architectural Design Associates Chengdu LDI
Electrical Engineer: Jizhunfangzhong Architectural Design Associates Chengdu LDI
Civil Engineer: Jizhunfangzhong Architectural Design Associates Chengdu LDI
Construction Manager: Wei Yu, China Construction Seventh Engineering Division.Corp.Ltd
Landscape Architect: TROP : terrains + open space
Size: approximately 34,444 square feet