The Opposite House
Kengo Kuma & Associates

March 15, 2010 /

Beijing, China

The Opposite House by Kengo Kuma & Associates. Photo © Michael WeberThe Opposite House is situated within the large commercial development along the Sanlitun Street in the center of Beijing. The name refers to the guest house which sits on the opposite side of a traditional Chinese courtyard house. It is also a name that suggests a place of contrast.

The exterior glass walls are imprinted with a green silk screen print, a modern interpretation of a Chinese lattice screen pattern, that acts as a veil for the guests staying at the hotel.

The "green glass box" expresses itself as the urban forest in the vibrant street scene of Sanlitun.

The Opposite House by Kengo Kuma & Associates. Photo © Michael Weber

The Opposite House is a vibrant mix of modern and traditional with all the spaces surrounding a large central atrium where yards of metallic mesh sweeps down from the ceiling to the lobby area.

The Opposite House. Photo © Michael Weber

The Opposite House. Photo © Michael Weber

With no actual reception desk the check-in area is located within a six meter tall acrylic apothecary unit, a play on traditional Chinese furniture, with more than 6,000 drawers.

Photo: arcspace

Photo: arcspace

The ground floor lobby doubles as a contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions.

The Opposite House. Photo: arcspace

Photo: arcspace

The Opposite House has 98 studio apartments and a two story penthouse with a large terrace. Clean, uncluttered design and natural wood, combined with king size beds and deep oak bathtubs, makes coming "home" after a busy day a great pleasure.

Photo © Michael Weber

Photo © Michael Weber

If you do not feel like going out you can have cocktails in the Mesh bar, then chose between Asian food at the Bei restaurant, wood-fired pizzas at Sureño, or a light meal in the Village Café and, if you are still awake, stop for a nightcap at Punk nightclub.

The Opposite House. The Mesh. Photo © Michael Weber.

The Opposite House. The Bei. Photo © Michael Weber

The Opposite House. The Sureño. Photo © Michael Weber

While staying at The Opposite House do not forget to have a swim in the 22 meter long steel clad swimming pool.

Photo © Michael Weber

Kengo Kuma Architects were also involved in the design of the whole Sanlitun Village project.

Drawing courtesy Kengo Kuma Architects.
Site Plan

Drawing courtesy Kengo Kuma Architects.
Ground Floor Plan

Drawing courtesy Kengo Kuma Architect.
Typical Floor Plan

Facts about The Opposite House

Site area:

4,548 square meters

Total floor area:

14,328 square meters

Kengo Kuma and Associates
Kengo Kuma
Yuki Ikeguchi
Jun ShibataJun
Florian Peine
Structural engineers: Arup Beijing
Mechanical engineers: China/Team
Lighting Design: Isometrix
Art Consultant: Alison Pickett


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