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SOM LAND Hostel, Chongming, Shanghai

23 February 2023

Shanghai SOM LAND: Moderate restraint is a tribute to the renovation of old buildings

Design: RooMoo

Location: Chongming, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Reception Building Interior:
Chinese resort building by RooMoo

Photos by Wen Studio

SOM LAND Hostel, Chongming building


The Resort’s name ‘SOM LAND’ comes from the traditional Chinese color, warm green between the mottled gaps in the tree shadows, representing a state of relaxation and slow-paced life.

Stairs design:
China resort interior design

Design Inspiration / Being close to nature is the source of inspiration for transformation

SOM LAND, located on Shanghai’s Chongming Island, is a resort space in harmony with the natural countryside and combines local customs and handicrafts. In terms of overall space arrangement and planning, SOM LAND focuses on nature and humanistic traditions. The site encounters water on both sides and is adjacent to Laoji Port and Hongmei Road, surrounded by national shelter forests and rivers. Therefore, properly integrating with the natural environment is the primary consideration in the design.

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

SOMLAND’s outdoor garden’s design follows the natural environment’s “low maintenance” and “letting plants grow naturally” style. For the two old houses on-site, we adopted a protective renovation method for the overall design based on the requirements of Chongming’s local building regulations (the building renovation should follow the original building height and the vertical shadow range).

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

The old two-floor building is renovated into a three-floor accommodation building; the original tool hose is transformed into the reception building for the overall resort. The interior of the building is re-planned by “increasing the number of floors,” “adjusting the layout of rooms,” and “relocation of stairs,” while the exterior of the building is re-designed for “roof shape,” “windows location and size,” and “external wall decoration,” etc.

Reception Building interior design:
Chinese resort building by RooMoo

Design Concepts / The choice of space rationalization

For designers, space renovation projects often require more careful consideration. Because the original building has problems, it is necessary to adjust the old and inappropriate space layout and add new design strategies to provide reconstruction to match the new requirements. Therefore, reflecting the “SOMLAND” idea, we choose “moderate restraint” as the most critical direction when renovating the two old buildings.

Reception Building Interior:
Chinese resort building by RooMoo

A total of 552 square meters of space in the accommodation building mainly provides resort room functions. While keeping the height of the original building unchanged, the height of each floor was optimized, and the actual 2-floors structure was changed to 3 floors, increasing the number of rooms. At the same time, to maximize the view of the room, we relocated the original staircase to the middle of the north side of the building to optimize the moving line and support the best visual view for resort guests.

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

After we raised the main building by one floor and adjusted the position of the stairs, we hoped to invite the sunlight to the rooms and spaces of the whole floor, so in addition to the best sunlight from the south, The staircase with the top of transparent glass and steel frame structure, allows sunlight to fall naturally into the room corridor. Also, the quantity and size of the original windows are preserved and organically distributed on the facade of the new building, retaining the visual symbolism of the old building.

Room interior design:
Chinese resort room interior design

For the original tool house, we expanded from 70 square to 100 square meters in the western and northern directions. After the renovation, the new function became a kitchen, muti-functional activity area (dining, baking, music show, etc.), reception, and two restrooms.

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

We first use a transparent glass and wood frame structure with a folding door system to achieve the western space extension and bring more natural light into the space. After that, the most eye-catching thing in the interior space is the old brick fireplace placed under the curved bamboo ceiling. In addition to the actual heating function provided by the fireplace, various functional activities are available around the fireplace. Additionally, the transparent glass structure on the top also attracts light, and the visual sense of sunlight passing through the laminated bamboo slate curve also shows the warmth of the four seasons, and it is also a characteristic point that echoes the accommodation building.

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

Material & Environment friendly / Unique marks come from nature and local culture

Presenting natural and relaxed slow life is the resort owner’s core idea.

The guests staying can feel the space environment of non-machine standardized production, so most of our material selection is from nature and the local site. For instance, recycled bricks, demolished wood from the original building, natural clay paint, tree branches on the site, and old cloth with local characteristics of Chongming Island are used as construction materials for indoor and outdoor spaces and walls.

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

The concave-convex texture of the facade of the building is composed of recycled bricks according to the surface pattern of Chongming old cloth. The seemingly different order has produced its arrangement logic.

Room interior:
Chinese resort room interior by RooMoo

Using reed poles as roofs is an old local architectural craft. In the past, reed poles were an easy-to-collect local material for the local natural environment and had the function of sheltering from wind and rain. In our practice, we tried to recall the traditional way of manual binding to build a roof of reed poles. Therefore, we hope to bring out the first impression of the sustainable concept and practice of earth materials returning to nature.

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, Shanghai

In the overall space, whether the planning of the renovation of the old houses or the materials used on the roof and the outer wall and recycled roof tiles of the reception counter, the design treatment is to provide hotel guests with a warm and relaxing vacation with a deeper understanding of the local style of the environment.

Reception Building Interior:
Chinese resort building by RooMoo

SOM LAND Hostel Chongming, China – Building Information

Project city: Chongming, Shanghai
Building area: 632 square meters
Landscape area: 1440 square meters
Business type: Hostel
Client: Private
Design team:RooMoo

Construction: Shanghai Guixiang Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
Lighting Consultant: Shanghai Yiqu Laite Lighting Industry Co., Ltd.
Primary materials: recycled bricks, reed bundles, bamboo steel, demolished and recycled old wood, wasted and recycled red bricks, recycled old wood boards, tree branches on site, green custom tiles, etc.
Text:Jasmine Yang
Project location: No. 520, Fudong Village, Jianshe Town, Chongming District, Shanghai

Photos:Wen Studio

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SOM LAND Hostel Chongming resort building, China images / information received 230223 from RooMoo

Location: Chongming, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, eastern Asia

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