Located on a busy thoroughfare on the outskirts of Chengdu, China, Buda Hotel was conceived as a soulful refuge of design sophistication and minimalist tranquillity set amongst the city’s hectic urban sprawl. Occupying an existing three-storey building which has been thoroughly renovated by interior design practice ARCHETYPE, the hotel’s toned-down interiors, which include a bar, restaurant, gym and meeting rooms, are swathed in a palette of warm, earthy hues, natural textures and geometric forms that filters traditional Chinese and mid-century design through a lens of contemporary finesse. The result is a series of sharply designed, comforting spaces showcasing a soothing ambience and heightened elegance.
Underpinned by a minimalist aesthetic of clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and a subdued colour palette of earthy hues such as tan, beige and brown, the simplicity of the interior design echoes Bauhaus-like functionality along traditional Chinese interiors and-century-inspired sophistication — the former reflected in the predominant use of natural materials like dark wood, stone and ceramics, and-century-inspired sophistication, the later encapsulated in gentle organic curves and contrasting textures.
Slim rectangular floor and wall tiles in tan, ochre and beige hues that can be found throughout the hotel create subtle geometric patterns which are elegantly juxtaposed with the organic forms of marble veining and wood grain, as well as a series of circular and elliptical shapes, from the glass insets in the staircase balustrade and the rounded mirror corners in the guestrooms, to the large decorative spheres in the foyer and the vaulted ceiling in the first-floor restaurant. Swathed in rectangular tiles and punctured by timber-clad dormer windows, the vaulted ceiling makes the space taller, giving the impression you’re in a penthouse loft. Timber partitions with frosted glass insets which rotate to reveal a large multipurpose space enhance the sense of spaciousness and further underline the designers’ mid-century and traditional Chinese inspirations.
Accessed through hypnotic, dimly lit corridors, the bright and airy guest rooms have been designed in the same language of understated elegance and detailed simplicity with leather padded headboards, marble bathroom furnishings and red accents adding to the interior design’s high-end minimalism.