Travel · February 27, 2021 0

The Woodhouse Hotel Introduces Agricultural Tourism To Rural China

Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu


Architecture firm ZJJZ has completed the Woodhouse Hotel, a collection of holiday cabins in Guizhou, China, that are surrounded by farmland.

The hotel has been created as a way to help rural poverty through the introduction of agricultural tourism in the area.


A collection of modern holiday cabins in Guizhou, China, surrounded by farmland, have been designed with shou sugi ban (blackened wood) facades. #Cabins #Hotel #Architecture

Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Ten single-story wood cabins in three different shapes, have been positioned to take advantage of the valley views, without disrupting the original rock formations and forests. A small pedestrian path connects leads from the bottom of the mountain up to the various cabins.

Blackened wood has been used as the exterior material for these cabins in rural China. #ShouSugiBan #Architecture

Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu (top) and ZJJZ (middle and bottom)

Due to the location of the hotel, the building materials were all transported up the mountain manually. Each cabin features an elevated steel platform, a carbonized wood facade, and a light wood interior.

The carbonized wood facades were created to be weather-resistant, and its color and texture allow the wood houses blend into the landscape smoothly.

This interior of this modern cabin has wood panels covering the angled walls, while windows provide glimpses of the surrounded landscape. #ModernCabin #CabinInterior #Bedroom

Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Inside, various windows are cut out in each cabin according to their form and orientation, maximizing the views of the surrounding landscape.

In this holiday cabin, the modern bathroom has a dark interior with a white freestanding bathtub positioned next to the window. #BathroomDesign #DarkBathroom #ModernBathroom

Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu | Architecture Firm: ZJJZ | Lead Architects: Yuying Kate Tsai, Sean Shen, Xuanru Chen, Zhenyu Cao | Local Structural and MEP Engineer: Guiyang Architectural Design & Surveying Prospecting Co., Ltd.