Steel Panels Create Lotus at Unique Desert Hotel
Project: Lotus Hotel
Location: Xiangshawan Desert, China
Architects: PLaT Architects
Completion: March 2013
With China’s increasing population density deserts have been transformed into habitable landscapes. Located 800 kilometers west of Beijing, near the Hantai River, the Lotus Hotel stretches 30,000 square meters across the Xiangshawan desert.
PLaT Architects took advantage of the arid landscape with the formation of specialized building techniques for which no water or concrete were necessary. Coupled with prefabricated steel panels, the construction utilized sand as a means of stabilization for the structure. As the area’s most abundant natural resource, sand was also incorporated into the hotel’s interior elements.
Near completion, the hotel attempts many sustainable attributes including the use of locally sourced materials and the building’s ability to generate its own water and electricity. The triangular panels serve as a sunshading element, protecting the resort’s occupants from harsh external elements.
An aerial view of the structure showcases the hotel’s resemblance to a lotus flower. The representation of “purity” in ancient Asian symbology is seen throughout the hotel’s construction, as it utilizes resources in their purest form. Further incorporating the lotus flower’s symbology, the hotel appears to be floating atop its sandy landscape.
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