Taking a journey to the past
What you imagined a beautiful future could be...
A magical dream becomes reality...
The stunning beauty of Qiandao Lake, layered with rugged mountains, forests, and an archipelago of irregularly shaped islands, emerges from a crystal-clear lake expanse. Dozens of ancient cities, villages and a network of neighborhood courtyards are seductively hidden beneath the constructed lake – the Atlantis Lost City of China.
Site and landscape design focus on maximizing visual relationships to off-site grandeur, and are complemented with a set of contemplative courtyards. These spaces allow introspective and intimate gatherings, and symbolically reference submerged villages.
The restorative and healing benefits of nature, seasonal variation and alluring cultural stories drive repeat guest visitation. The soul of the place is deeply tied to its past - flooded villages and a uniquely resulting landscape. History, environment, and culture are interwoven within recreated villages, enlightening visitors and creating a genuine sense of place.
“The Lost City” (Hotel Public Area)
Historic streets and alleys, a marketplace, and a serene set of canopied courtyards draw from traditional Hui design found in the submerged villages. Lost beauty from the villages is resurrected, taking visitors on a journey to the past. Traditional materials and details are expertly crafted to convey authenticity and understated luxury.
“Traditional Chinese Exquisite Life” (Hotel Room Area)
Meditative courtyards place emphasis on simplicity and tranquility, reinforced with reflective water planes and intriguing rock compositions. Quiet, deep courtyards create an intimate ambiance and opportunity to connect with nature. Nature is abstractly represented with plants, rocks, wood, water, aquatic life, and sun, light and shadow. Several distinct themes are developed to represent traditional Chinese lifestyles: calligraphy, painting, burning fragrance, floral design, and drinking under the moon. The elegance and Zen-like quality of the Chinese lifestyle has been lost over time.