Architecture firm HASSELL has secured a contract to design a boutique hotel to be built on Mt Wawu plateau in the Sichuan province of China.
Under the deal, HASSELL will design an 80-room boutique hotel with ten villas, which will beowned by Si Chuan Wa Wu Shan Mountain Tourism Development.
The Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel will be located about 2,600m above sea level, on the edge of the summit of the Mt Wawu plateau.
When completed, the hotel will offer panoramic views of the nearby mountain peaks, valleys and waterfalls.
The hotel will be built around the ancient trees in the area to ensure that the natural heritage of the site is not affected by construction.
During construction, locally sourced material will be used to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting building materials to the location.
The hotel will also be designed to cope with the high-altitude, frigid climate, as the plateau experiences snow for many months of the year.
Villas will be built away from the main building, elevated above the ground on stilts that will look like structures floating on the tree line from a distance.
Guests will be able to access the hotel via a mountain top cable car or on foot.
A covered walkway will be created that will connect the hotel to the cliff for the hotel guests to enjoy the surrounding view.
The cliff will be connected through layered and folding paths leading to cantilevered viewing decks.
The Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
Image: Villas will be built in seclusion, away from the main building, elevated above the ground on stilts. Photo: HASSELL.