The Sifang by Hirsch Bedner Associates: 2019 Best of Year Winner for Boutique Hotel
Conceived by Sottsass Associati a few years before the death of Ettore Sottsass himself, the splashy and colorful Artyzen Sifang Nanjing Recreation Centre was a pure example of the famed architect’s exuberant style. Construction had already been completed when the developer decided to turn the facility, with its quirkily irregular layout, into a boutique hotel, The Sifang, featuring a wellness spa for the body, mind, and soul. Challenged with transforming the building, Dubai-based Hirsch Bedner Associates partner David T’Kint began by reaffirming his respect for such recognizable and assertive architecture. Without changing the exterior shell, he devised a workable floor plan and developed a palette to extend yet mellow Sottsass’s color blocks. Soft textures and tones, which provide feelings of calmness and refuge, are accented with playful primaries, dabbed on door frames, furniture, and even bath fittings. Furniture is boldly contemporary, in distilled shapes; accessories contribute to a casual sensibility. “I reinterpret the essence of the language in the form of details, rug designs, and the like,” T’Kint says. In this way, he captures the master’s sensibility while still delivering spaces that are immaculate, comfortable, and preternaturally soothing.
Project Team: Eilyn Xin.