Renovation of the 809 Arsenal Relics

The 809 Factory is located in Xialao Creek, the suburb of Yichang City, Hubei Province, China, which is about 30 minutes’ drive from downtown. Once a military factory, it was gradually shut down and abandoned in the 1990s. The project covers an area of about 17 hectares and a construction area of about 15000 square meters. The new function is a resort hotel.

The design started from the site planning, considered the integration of architecture, interior, landscape and lighting, retained the industrial characteristics and historical information of the original building to the maximum extent, and carried out transformation and reuse. In the process of project design and implementation, structural reinforcement, protective construction, the complexity of geological conditions, the contradiction between the hotel function and the original building space are all difficulties to be overcome. The architect solved the above problems relatively well, and formed the space anchor points, guided the streamline and connected the sites through the construction of new public buildings.

First of all, the design protected the industrial heritages and preserved the original appearance of the buildings through structural reinforcement and other measures. After that, the original building spaces were selectively used to implant new functions, incl. changing the original dormitory into hotel rooms, the original boiler-house into auditorium, the original office building and equipment rooms into restaurant, reception center, etc. On this basis, new public buildings are set up at important nodes of the site to form space and visual anchor points, such as hotel lobby, book bar at the entrance of the area, tea bar at the top of the cliff, and so on. The new building and the old building are deliberately distinguished in form and material, forming a dramatic dialogue relationship, and clearly indicating the spatial characteristics and architectural language of the two different historical stages. The main trees in the site are reserved, and the construction of new buildings avoided the trees, forming a symbiotic relationship with the trees. The lighting treatment at night continues the thinking of architectural design, which, based on the overall tranquility, focuses on the treatment of building nodes. 3000K warm white light is used in guest room area while 4000K neutral white light in public area.

Project info

Project name: Renovation of the 809 Arsenal Relics
Project type: A leisure park
Project address: Yichang City, Hubei Province, China
Client: Yichang Traffic Tourism Industry Development Group Co., Ltd.
Architectural and interior design: 3andwich Design / He Wei Studio
Landscape conception design: 3andwich Design / He Wei Studio
Principal architects: He Wei, Chen Long
Design team: Zhao Zhuoran, Li Qiang, Song Ke, Zhang Tianyan, Li Xinglu, Sang Wanchen, Wu Qiancheng(intern), Huang Shilin(intern), Zhou Qi(intern), Li Wan(intern)
Structural consultant: Pan Congjian
Lighting design: Zhang Xin Studio at the Architecture School of Tsinghua Universtiy
Lighting design team: Zhang Xin, Han Xiaowei, Zhao Xiaobo, Wang Dan, Song Boyi, Tao Longjun
Design time: 2017
Completion time: April 2020
Site area: 30000m2
Construction area: 12900 m2 (in total), 8300 m2 (hotel)
Architectural working drawings: Beijing VAGE Institute of Architectural Design & Planning Co., Ltd
Interior working drawings: Beijing Hongshang International Design Co., Ltd