Beauty is absolute freedom and sensibility, but to create beauty requires extraordinary ingenuity. When TOMO that insists on doing valuable design in an interesting way meets ICON HOTEL, what will happen?
TOMO has insight into consumers’ demand for pursuing trendy and personalized hotel experience, explores and expresses ICON HOTEL’s gene, which is humanistic, interesting, and exploratory, and discovers the possibilities of the lifestyle of new travelers and architecture space. The brand’s core value is built through the ‘X+C²’model, X standing for the unknown while C² standing for the thought towards city and culture, so as to put forward a beautiful life formula of ICON, which is ‘ICON+X+C²’.
ICON + X + C²
TOMO believes, the sense of beauty, high class, and experience feeling in a hotel can’t come from decorations. Hotel design should be liberated from the old approaches that mainly rely on decorations. Instead, it should explore the interesting aspects of life and the meaning of living, and use contemporary, cultural, and architecture language to create a sense of art and eternity in the space through material and consciousness.
The unknown X of city originates from life.
“ICON+X+C²”的美好生活方程式，在ICON HOTEL的创作中，TOMO将X定义为SELF，从基因、建筑、艺术、边界四个本我维度出发营造酒店空间，用视觉艺术为商业赋能，以极具建筑感的表现形式，匹配深圳这座城的时尚艺术，塑造只属于品牌的ICON。这就是TOMO重塑ICON HOTEL的X世界观，而下一个X会以怎样的理念同样让人期待。
Based on the beautiful life formula of ICON HOTEL, ‘ICON+X+C²’, TOMO defines X as SELF in the project. The hotel space is constructed from dimensions of gene, architecture, art, and boundary, empowering business with the visual arts, adopting the architectural expression, and utilizing the fashion arts that matches the city of Shenzhen, to build a distinctive ICON. This is the ICON HOTEL X that TOMO reshaped, and the concept of next X is also highly anticipated.
Arts originates from consciousness.
The design of lobby is inspired by the Kunsthaus Bregenz. Adopting Peter Zumthor’s architectural language, four thick walls are used to support the interior outline, which can allow the natural sunlight in to the greatest extent. Besides, the space structure provides more freedom and flexibility to the layout and functional partition.
The new layout, which partially raised the ground and three ceramic-brick panels separated by high walls, adopts the contemporary language to reinterpret the classic gardening, so as to make the lobby more interesting and enhance the texture of the space. Large glass window that natural sunlight can shining through, vintage but modern furniture, bronzed metal wall, glass panel, rough bases, semi-transparent ceramic brick walls and other designs, rough and light contrast materials, increase the interest of the space and sense of circulation.
Plan of lobby
The nature of space originates from the unknown.
Unlike the traditional hallway with single function, the designer redelimits the space. The friendly display and leisure area, Chinese roof elements on the ceiling, create a buffer time along the elevator to the guest room. The designer boldly proposes the form of retreat in the guest room, sacrificing the space of room. Through the combination of landscapes and panels at the entrance, a small independent courtyard is enclosed, which is isolated from the outside world and forms a corridor block, creating an impressive experience and sense of privacy.
From boundary to space, the designer hopes to blur the nature of space. Relying on the interaction generated by the space, space is where the unknown happens. When the space has ‘emotions’, people will have a higher level of experience. Learning from the garden landscaping, the designer builds landscape indoors, to eliminate the visual and psychological boundary of public area and allow the coexistence of interior and exterior beauty. When perceiving art, losing in thought, and sparking inspiration, it stimulates the unlimited interaction between users and space.
The corridor connecting the halls on both sides is planned as a extension of the public area. The designer creates a restaurant for people to have meals or read books, thus it helps upgrade customers’ experiences. The glass panels at the entrances on both sides of the corridor enhance privacy and sense of ceremony; the ceiling is constructed based on the technique of classical architecture, using the arc elements and high-class texture, setting the tone of architectural art for the entire space.
Plan of guest room area
ICON + X + C² = ICON HOTEL
Plan of guest room
The ceiling of guest room pays homage to the traditional architectural elements and the semi-arc blocks are used to shape the top, making the space full of architectural art and the meanwhile presenting the softness and strength of interior design. It changes the traditional opinion towards the guest room, turns the bed 45 degree, breaks the rules and redefines it. Turning the bed 45 degree will have a better view. The washing area set in the extended space behind the bed and bathroom accessories at the back give the space a brand new look.
“我们于日用必须品以外，必须还有一点，无用的游戏和享乐，生活才觉得有意思。”这是ICON HOTEL官宣的个性主张，也是TOMO在设计中保留与挖掘的新境，如周作人提及：我们看夕阳，看秋河，看花，听雨，闻香，喝不求解渴的酒，吃不求饱的点心，都是生活上必要的 —— 虽然是无用的装点，而且是愈精炼愈好。何为必要？何为无用？艺术就是忙碌生活的“救赎”，在空间中以艺术的语言重组。在客房设计中，创新布局形式，重组建筑语素，搭配凝练线条、高级灰色系、灵活材质，呈现潮人美学新境界。
‘Beside the daily necessities, life would not be fun without the useless games and recreations.’this is what ICON HOTEL advocates for as well as what TOMO insists and explores in design. As Zhou Zuoren says, we enjoy the sunset, the autumn river, and the flowers, listen to the rain, smell the fragrance, drink wine that does not satisfy our thirst, and eat snacks that cannot satisfy our needs. All of them are necessary in life. Although they are supposed to be useless, the more refined is better. What is necessary? What is useless? Art liberates people from busy life, and is reorganized in the language of art in space. In the design of the guest room, the layout is innovated. The architectural elements are reorganized, with condensed lines, high-class gray tone, and flexible materials, presenting a new prospect of trendy aesthetics.
Built-in display shelves, and basins assembled from blocks, make the space more simple and trendy. The unusual design of pendant lamp, hiding the joint of lamp in ceiling, gives a sense of mystery.
For TOMO, the hotel design philosophy is respecting young people’s demand for pursuing personalized experience from the perspective of brand gene and market environment; examining the space value and creatively breaking the boundary between architecture, landscape, space, and art from city and cultural dimensions; advocating for aesthetic lifestyle that sparks inspiration and creativity from future view in exploring hotel design.
Shenzhen China/中国 深圳
TOMO DESIGN/東木筑造TO ACC
Uno Chan/陈贤栋，Ben Zhang/张耿宾，Xiao Fei/肖菲
Wayne Chan/陈维超，Tin/田雨鑫，Joey He/何婧