© kooo architects / Photography: Satoshi Horikoshi

To this very day, large swathes of China‘s inner cities are being bulldozed away in the name of progress and prosperity, but luckily here in Guangzhou, things are a little different. Shishu is a densely built residential neighbourhood in the city’s historic downtown district, and has so far escaped such a fate, preserving much of its original labyrinthine infrastructure. Tucked away in this intricate urban fabric is the newly revamped Far & Near boutique hotel. Occupying a modern seven-storey concrete structure, the property owner tapped Japanese practice kooo architects to come up with a new interior design. The building has been stripped to its core, revealing much of its concrete shell, and which now anchors the new design. Upon entering the double height lobby, guests find themselves in a setting which sees concrete beams and a galvanized metal ceiling paired with rustic tiles and modern yet simple timber furnishings. The understated design codes obviously extend across the premises, and is also evident in each of the property’s 12 guestrooms. The pads come in two categories, and the largest ones have an upper floor for sleeping and a lower floor with living room and bathroom. This double height is encased by floor-to-ceiling frosted channel glass which easily adapts to both cold weather and hot sunny days. Furnishings are sourced from IKEA and the bathroom is equipped with TOTO‘s advanced toilet fixtures to boost the sense of comfort and style. The facilities at Far & Near include a communal dining room, a laundry room, and last but not least, a rooftop terrace where to sit back, relax and take in the sweeping views of the neighbourhood.

Far & Near
Nanhao Jie 36 (Shishu)
510110 Guangzhou

© kooo architects / Photography: Satoshi Horikoshi