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Cubic Glass Hotels

'Yu Hotel' is Built in an Old Hostel and Gambling Hall

— June 8, 2018 — World
'Yu Hotel', a newly built luxury hotel beside Shanghai's Yu Garden, was originally a less opulent accommodation in the form of a humble hostel, and though the current iteration is certainly more glamorous, it nonetheless pays tribute to its origins. The hotel keeps some of the original brick walls that made up the hostel and neighboring gambling hall, but it also rethinks some of the design decisions to better fit its current purpose.

One of the biggest issues with the historical building is that it had inadequate access to light. The hostel was split into four areas, none of which offered much by way of natural light. In order to fix that dark issue, the Yu Hotel is designed with several glass facades, including a large cube on the front face.


Image Credit: SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin
Trend Themes
1. Adaptive Reuse - The trend of repurposing historical buildings for new purposes, like transforming a hostel into a luxury hotel, offers opportunities for creative design and preservation.
2. Transparent Architecture - The use of glass facades and structures in building design embraces natural light and creates visually stunning structures, opening up possibilities for innovative and sustainable construction.
3. Heritage Preservation - Preserving and celebrating the original features of historical buildings while integrating modern design elements, like the retention of original brick walls, presents opportunities for unique and authentic experiences in the hospitality industry.
Industry Implications
1. Hospitality - The hospitality industry can explore adaptive reuse of historical buildings to create distinctive and memorable experiences for their guests, blending heritage charm with modern luxury.
2. Architecture and Design - Architects and designers can leverage the trend of transparent architecture to reimagine spaces and create visually striking structures that prioritize sustainability and connectivity.
3. Historic Preservation - Organizations focused on historic preservation can collaborate with developers and designers to transform historical buildings into functional spaces that honor the past while meeting contemporary needs.
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