Blog/Sugar Factory In China Becomes A Hotel

exterior of alila yangshuo a converted sugar factory in china by vector architects photography by Shengliang  Su

This retired sugar mill was rescued from demolition by owners of the Alila hotel group.

 

restaurant interior of alila yangshuo, china features concrete walls, steel columns and trusses photography by hao chen

Contemporary Chinese designs complement existing heritage features.

 

 

Renowned as a paradise on Earth, there is also something almost other-worldly about Yangshuo. Situated in the southeast of China, the area is characterised by its karst mountains, verdant hills, and broad sweeping Yulong river. Amidst this dramatic scenery is an old sugar mill, built in the 1960s and rescued from demolition by the owners of the Alila hotel group, who had a singular vision for a unique retreat.

Beijing based Vector architects and Shenzhen firm Horizontal Space Design embraced the picturesque setting and the heritage features of the old mill and then complemented these with contemporary furnishings, most of which are Chinese designs. Guest accommodation is situated in new buildings constructed from hollow concrete blocks and board formed raw concrete to complement the oddly romantic old mill complex.

Guest rooms are largely housed in the newly built wing. Every one has a private terrace opening out to the dramatic surrounding landscape. A remarkable vista can be enjoyed at the sunken pool and restaurant too.

exterior of alila yangshuo a converted sugar factory sits along the yulong river, china photography by Shengliang  Su

The disused mill comprises several buildings arranged around a sunken pool.

 

public walkway outside alila yangshuo by vector architects photography by hao chen

New accommodation blocks in board-marked concrete reference methods used to build the original mill.

 

concrete pylons frame an outdoor pool at alila yangshuo, a converted sugar factory cum hotel in china photography by Shengliang  Su

A tranquil pool is framed by original industrial trusses.

 

aerial view of alila yangshuo a converted sugar factory in china photography by hao chen

A remarkable vista can be enjoyed at the sunken pool and restaurant too.

 

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