A new modern design project by New York’s Tsao and McKown Architects brings a new scope for residential development on the periphery of Suzhou: a new entire development combining traditional urbanization with holistic architecture: Master Bedroom Ideas invites you to get inside the Sangha At One Hotel, a contemporary architecture, and design project By Tsao and McKown.
Located in Suzhou, China, At One Hotel is a 72-room wellness retreat. Designed by Tsao and McKown, this low-slung, zinc, brick, and wood structure is set modestly amid walls of natural boulders and greenery on the edge of Lake Yangcheng. Upon entry one is greeted by a wooden reception table backed by a wall sheathed in the bark of a large cork tree. From the contemporary hotel, the view looks out to the lake across the connecting Tea Room, where ceiling lanterns assembled from traditional oil-paper umbrellas honor a traditional craft.
Tsao and McKown’s inspiration resides not in the grandiose and the monumental but in larger existential questions, and in focused observations of the sensual, the tactile, the unexpected: cultivating 46 acres across Yangcheng Lake, Sangha At One modern hotel contains a mix of single-family homes, serviced apartments, two luxury hotels, a wellness center, a medical clinic, a food hall, a conference and learning center, and, unique spate of community- and childhood-focused programs.
The modern hotel’s sinuous plan traces the outline of the shore, which in turn is edged by a slender infinity pool. Created and designed by Tsao and McKown, the corridors to the guest rooms are immersed with sunlight filtered through wooden sun shades. Along the corridors, windows of graduated colored glass filter the natural light: inside the space, different colors are selected for each of the five connecting wings.
Photos: Seth Powers