HBA completes Ahn Luh resort design

Hirsch Bedner Associates has completed the design of Ahn Luh resort on Qiandao Lake with a scheme that channels the tranquility of its surroundings. Focusing on the legacy of China’s rich history, traditions, heritage and culture, the scheme evokes elements of both the past and present.

The palette used throughout the resort is inspired by the colours of nature, and functions to merge exterior and interior spaces. Surrounded by the lake and its gardens, guests are greeted with bamboo trees that line the pavements to villas whilst the lobby features a central outdoor fireplace in the middle of a reflecting pool. Latticed windows, bespoke dark wood furniture and curated artwork, meanwhile, introduce the rich influence of Jiangnan architecture.

Elsewhere, the resort’s Chinese Medicine Room features a palette drawn from ancient Chinese treatment rooms, with warm grey tones taking centre stage for upholstery, and red throw pillows to symbolise energy and vitality. Local dark grey stone lines the floor, with a Chinese herbal apothecary chest made of dark wood providing contrast. Surrounded by greenery with a view of the lake, this space seeks to embody thousands of years of Chinese history.

The villa interiors channel a balance between historic and modern design aesthetics, and are influenced by China’s craft heritage. All feature kept gardens and a courtyard with a balcony that faces the lake. A palette emulating the colours of the water draws in hues of grey, Ming blue and turquoise, whilst stone and wood continue throughout. All villas feature walk-in wardrobes, ensuite laundry, and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and glass-enclosed rainforest showers.

The all-day dining space is situated next to a Chinese courtyard. Bamboo interiors create a fusion of local culture and modernity, walls and columns are lined with grey Chinese bricks handmade from local kiln, and naturally finished stone makes up the floors. Red niches with white art installations resembling schools of fish punctuate the wall, directing guests to the semi-private dining area.

“Our natural colour palate and use of the expansive and ubiquitous views gives the guest an immersive experience,” says HBA Partner Connie Puar. “Bespoke furniture was created to be harmonious with the land, yet contemporary and sophisticated to match the brand aesthetic.”