Making a hotel out of a sugar factory: Hotel Alila by Vector Architects
Hao Chen (Copy Right Vector Architects)
The newly-added buildings reference the existing ones in terms of forms and materiality. Built of hollow concrete blocks and in-situ concrete elements, they create a lightweight and transparent impression yet do not stand in contrast with the existing buildings. At the same time the angle of the roof pitch on the new buildings corresponds to that of the factory structures.
Two circulation systems lead through the large new hotel building. Along with a customary interior corridor, an exterior passage connects three cave-like nodal rooms, with the architecture framing and emphasising the changing views onto the nearby and distant scenery.