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issue 43 - April/May 2018
CURVE magazine cover April/May 2018


Tibetan Influences, Natural Beauty in Shangri La

The incredible Karesansui hostel was designed by Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design's Chief Designer and Creative Director Xu Xujun. The overall concept envisaged gardens replete with oriental Zen elements connecting the overlapping buildings in the Tibetan style of the ancient city of Shangri La. The end result is a smooth transition, a simple hostel presents the beauty of nature in a gradual, holistic manner.

Karesansui is composed of six small buildings and an old Tibetan house, visually, the two buildings where the restaurant and lobby are located are floating in the air. Bridged by corridors, the buildings are undulating and interweave with each other. There are 15 guest rooms in total, a lobby, a restaurant and a tea room. Unique indoor design elements can be found in each guest's room and the interiors exude a sense of privacy and new oriental Zen.

One of the buildings shows off its original Tibetan structure, and local Tibetan elements are added to its architectural and interior design. When designing the window, Xu Xujun made full use of the great view, making it possible for guests to enjoy the painting like scenery of a blue sky, white clouds and sunrise and sunset just by looking out of the window. The transformation of new buildings and the old Tibetan houses is natural and harmonious. The interior layout is ingenious and just perfect. While standing out, the buildings blend into the surrounding environment.

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