Mogan Mountain Cloud Hotel Renovation Project, Zhejiang Province Building

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain, China

Chinese Accommodation Building Development design by STUDIO8 Architects

2 Oct 2019

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project on Mogan Mountain

Design: STUDIO8 Architects

Location: Miaoqian Village, Deqing County, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Photos below by Rui Hsieh

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

Mogan Mountain Cloud Hotel

— Lost in the mountain clouds, nestled in the forest

Nestled in the mountains of Moganshan, Cloud Hotel sits serenely in a bamboo forest in Deqing County, a popular retreat destination 200km away from Shanghai. The original building had three levels built along the mountain slope and carried features inspired by European castles. STUDIO8 was commissioned to renovate the architecture and interiors and redesign the visual identity.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

In the renovation process, STUDIO8 aimed to best utilize the natural slope formed by the landscape, while taking full advantage of the spectacular mountain views. The designers were also faced with a challenge to create a dynamic integration of the spatial experience and the “Cloud” brand image, and to infuse it into all design decisions. “Architecture built in nature functions as the media in between humans and nature; it should blend into the landscape organically, instead of just being in it,” says the studio principal.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

The original building had guest rooms on the first and second floors; a lightweight extension with arched glazings had been added on top to serve as the dining space. While the architecture lacked a coherent hierarchy and style, it did have a feature that served the renovation well – it was not built directly against the mountain, providing much more room and potential for the extension. Rather than stacking upwards, STUDIO8 decided to bring life to the underused belowground levels, adding more layers into the space without increasing the height of the building or creating additional impact to the environment.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

The new hotel has a total of five levels terraced alongside the mountain slope. Entering from the west corner of the premises, guests pass through the garden and arrive at the reception, a glass room enclosed by large glazings. On one side of the reception is the wine cellar and the private dining room, linked by a sunken garden designed to provide more natural light and better views; on the other side lies the steel staircase, leading to the swimming pool and the restaurant on the second level.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

To achieve a consistent brand image, STUDIO8 carefully curated the interior and visual identity design of the hotel to match well with the “Cloud” concept. The ubiquitous presence of curve and arch elements akin to clouds can be seen throughout the space – the ceiling, the spiral staircase, and the openings in various expressions. All guest rooms have a white arched terrace that overlooks the swimming pool and provides a panoramic view of the valleys and gentle hills beyond, conveying a feeling of “walking in the clouds”.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

Pure white finishes give a clean background to the interiors of the restaurant, while the bronze accent found in the tables and lighting adds a warm, earthy tone. The dining area boasts a cloud-like fluctuating ceiling that also hides the light strips and air vents in between the gaps. A one-off vintage cabinet from Belgium – the focal point of the dining space – is set against the whitewashed wall. The restaurant also features customized circular dining tables made of wood, local granite and rufous lacquered stone.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

To avoid cliché and excessive ornaments, the interior settings are kept to a minimum for a bright and airy feel. Guest rooms have a subdued aesthetic. In the largest suite, a bespoke laurel green headboard hangs from a brass rod, echoing the green-hued Persian carpet and green walls in the bathroom. The curve element appears not only in the spiral stair but also in the bathroom partition walls. Gentle curves soften the room’s layout, re-emphasizing the light and airy feeling of the “Cloud”.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

Cloud Hotel isn’t the first boutique hotel in Mogan Mountain that STUDIO8 has worked on – back in 2017, it completed the architecture, interior and visual identity design of Anadu, another resort in the same region. Both being retreats for city dwellers, the two projects distinguish themselves by their idiosyncratic style. The newly built Anadu boasts a meditative, solitary experience that connects guests to nature, while the transformed Cloud Hotel blends into the landscape in a spontaneous manner and gives the feeling of being “lost in the clouds”.

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain

Mogan Mountain Cloud Hotel Renovation Project – Building Information

Project Name: Cloud Hotel Renovation Project
Lead Architects: Shirley Dong, Andrea Maira
Design Firm: STUDIO8
Contact Email: [email protected]
Project Location: Miaoqian Village, Deqing County, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 1061 sqm
Photo Credits: Rui Hsieh, Sven Zhang, Courtesy of STUDIO8
Photographer’s Website: (Sven Zhang)
Client: Cloud Hotel
Collaborators: Jose Maria Remero, Jason Yang
Materials: wood, granite, steel, brass, plaster, colored cement
Construction Company: Shanghai Miqing Decoration Construction Co., Ltd

Photos below by Sven Zhang

Cloud Hotel Mogan Mountain China accommodation


Company Profile

STUDIO8 Architects China

STUDIO8 is a design and development studio based in Shanghai, China. We work with visual concepts in any form to create experiences that improve surroundings.

We pride ourselves in being simple, clear and to the point.

Our team has a wide range of expertise offering hands-on development and design of objects, spaces, software, multimedia projects and printed matters.

Shirley Dong with her Italian partner Andrea Maira:
Shirley Dong with her Italian partner Andrea Maira

Founder Introduction:

Shirley Dong graduated from Architecture and Urban Planning Campus of Tongji University. Then she went to Italy for further study and received master of interior and living design from Domus Academy and architecture interior from University of Wales. After working with Antonella Dedini studio for several yeas in Milan, Shirley came back Shanghai and founded STUDIO8 with her Italian partner Andrea Maira, who is specialized in interior design and VI design.

Cloud Hotel Mogan Mountain China interior
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Cloud Hotel Mogan Mountain



八荒设计拿到项目后第一个考虑的问题,就是如何在有限的占地面积中,最大程度地利用山地特有的高差优势对建筑进行改造。同时,也面临着另一挑战——如何将云顶堡的品牌概念与人的空间体验更有机地结合, 提升人、建筑和自然的融合。八荒设计师认为自然景观中的建筑,作为连接人与自然的媒介,应该真正与自然融为一体,而不是仅仅简单地存在于其中。

Cloud Hotel Mogan Mountain China balconies


Cloud Hotel Deqing County swimming pool



Cloud Hotel Mogan Mountain China pool

纯白的饰面给予餐厅一个干净的背景,餐厅原木色的桌椅有着树木的纹路, 与自然景色相呼应,让人拥抱自然、回归自然,、融入自然。就餐区云朵般起伏的吊顶,同时也把光带、空调出风口巧妙的隐藏于云朵的缝隙中。设计师从家具厂仓库淘来的独一无二的自比利古董餐柜依靠着就餐区的白墙,不动声色的吸引着所有目光。为了与其独特性相得益彰,圆形餐桌也采用专属定制,以当地木材、花岗岩和锈蚀漆石制成,配合了整个项目的几何线条及材质风格。

Cloud Hotel Zhejiang Province, China


Cloud Hotel Deqing County interior design China


Cloud Hotel Deqing County Zhejiang Province


联系方式:[email protected]
主创建筑师: Shirley Dong (董雪莲), Andrea Maira
客户: 云顶堡酒店
合作方:Jose Maria Romero, 杨刚








Cloud Hotel Deqing County China

Cloud Hotel Renovation Project Mogan Mountain images / information from STUDIO8 Architects

Location: Moganshan, Hangzhou, China

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photograph : Sven Zhang
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image courtesy of architects
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Website : Moganshan China