A disused sugar mill in China has been converted into a luxury hotel

If you like your hotel accommodation to have a bit of history attached, you may be interested in a disused sugar mill in China that has been converted into a luxury hotel.

A disused sugar mill in China has been converted into a luxury hotel. Image: Shengliang Su/Vector Architects

The Alila Yangshuo hotel is located in the mountainous Yangshuo area of Guangxi, making it a popular destination for visitors looking to take in picturesque scenery. It was formerly a sugar mill built in the 1960s, and in converting it to a hotel, Beijing-based Vector Architects wanted to incorporate a group of gabled masonry structures to complement the mill’s existing industrial architecture.

A group of gabled masonry structures complement the mill’s existing industrial architecture at Alila Hotel. Image: Hao Chen/Vector Architects

The new buildings are set within landscaped grounds, forming a garden with ponds and plants for guests to enjoy. Outdoor features include a swimming pool positioned within the former loading area that was previously used for loading sugar cane onto boats.

Outdoor features include a sunken plaza and a swimming pool at Alila Hotel. Image: Hao Chen/Vector Architects

The architects aimed to keep the profile of the new building as simple as possible to complement the industrial design of the old sugar mill. The project involved retaining and repurposing the existing structures and introducing new accommodation buildings. The interiors designed by Ju Bin of Horizontal Space Design aim to emphasise the connection between old and new.

A disused sugar mill in China has been converted into a luxury hotel. Image: Hao Chen/Vector Architects

The original buildings house the hotel’s reception, a café, bar, gallery and library, all of which are arranged around a reflecting pond and sunken plaza at the centre of the complex.

Alila hotel’s architecture emphasises the connection between old and new. Image: Hao Chen/Vector Architects

The larger building in the hotel is called the Sugar House Retreat, and its rooms have private balconies that look out across the mountain scenery. The ground-floor suites at the rear of the two-storey Garden Townhouse look out onto a bamboo garden.

Alila Hotel is set in a mountainous region in China. Image: Shengliang Su/Vector Architects

For further information on Alila Hotel, see its website here.

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