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Yangshuo, China / 2017

Autograph Collection Guilin Jiajing

Yangshuo, China / 2017

Project Info

What was once an existing structure for artists’ studios is readapted to house this boutique hotel that deeply engages with the rich culture and sights of Yangshuo.

Key Info


Initial Development

Year Started


Scope of Work

Concept DesignSchematic DesignDesign DevelopmentConstruction Drawing Review

Scope Provided

Architectural DesignInterior DesignLandscape Design

Site Area

2.4 Ha


Luxury Resort

Gross Floor Area

11,420 Sqm

No. of Keys/Rooms

144 Keys


Yangshuo, China

The hotel’s design draws inspiration from the surrounding scenic Guilin landscapes, contemporary Chinese artworks and the simplicity of natural materials to create a modest yet luxurious accommodation.

Situated at the bend of a tributary of the Li River and the foot of the Guilin Karst mountains, the project site enjoys the famous view in Guilin depicted on the 20-yuan currency note — a scenery that has also inspired many artists and poets such as Wu Guanzhong and Xu Beihong.

The 2.4-hectare site was originally occupied by an existing structure previously planned for artists’ studios, which is then readapted to house the new 144-key Autograph Yangshuo boutique hotel.

The site itself has the tranquility of a resort surrounded by iconic landforms, but it is also just a short walk from the unspoiled, bustling old village of Xinping. This allows visitors to interact with the village and minority groups of the Guangxi region, and gain an intimate understanding of the region’s local culture and customs.

The lobby design employs traditional Chinese garden landscape techniques of ‘framing the scenery’, composing views that are selectively included in the space. A restaurant with all-day dining is inspired by the nearby village, while an iconic pomelo pavilion bar alludes to the unique local fruit crop.


In the guestrooms, the facades are fitted with contemporary bi-fold trellis screens with patterns that echo the hilly silhouettes. These may then unfold to unveil the true beauty of the natural landscape outside — a playful take on ‘every window, a different painting’.

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