‘Nourishing cloud’: Aman relocates 10,000 trees and a historic village for its latest resort

by Jane Kitchen | 05 Jan 2018
This project and the many challenges it presented were unimaginable, but we overcame them not only to defy the test of time, but to push the boundaries of traditional hospitality
– Vladislav Doronin

Luxury hotel operator Aman is set to open its fourth location in China on Monday (8 January) – the culmination of an ambitious 15-year conservation initiative which saw the relocation of an entire forest and the reconstruction of a historic village.

Kerry Hill Architects have restored 50 disassembled antique houses in order to create Amanyangyun, integrating contemporary comfort into the 400-year-old fabric of the buildings.

The story began in the city of Fuzhou in the province of Jiangxi, 700km (435 miles) from Shanghai, where construction of a new reservoir threatened the existence of thousands of camphor trees and dozens of homes dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Over the course of a decade, Fuzhou-born entrepreneur Ma Dadong and Aman worked together to transport and replant 10,000 trees – including a 17m tall, 80-tonne Emperor Tree, one of the tallest in China – and stone-by-stone disassemble and rebuild the houses 27km (17 miles) southwest of Shanghai.

Many of the antique pavilions still bear ornate stone carvings and inscriptions that depict family hopes and histories. Thirteen of the dwellings measure between 800 and 1,000sq m (8,611 to 10,764sq ft) and include a private pool and whirlpool, while 12 of the properties have been converted into Aman Residences to own.

Amanyangyun also includes 24 newly created Ming Courtyard Suites, designed to complement their historic counterparts, featuring refined wooden interiors and Aman’s signature Asian-influenced minimalist design aesthetic.

Set around a central courtyard, the 2,840sq m (30,570sq ft) Aman Spa is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Aman collection. Its ethos and atmosphere draw inspiration from the resort’s name, ‘Yang Yun’, which is taken from an inscription made on a pavilion in Beijing’s Forbidden City three centuries ago, and means ‘nourishing cloud’.

The spa complex houses eight treatment rooms, two double spa suites, extensive relaxation areas, a sauna, plunge pool, whirlpool and two swimming pools. Two private Spa Houses each offer a suite of thermal facilities, including a Russian banya and Turkish hammam.

The main spa building is also home to the fitness and movement centre, with professional cardio and strength equipment, and houses a Pilates and yoga studio, where three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass provide serene views over Amanyangyun’s lake and forest gardens.

Amanyangyun also features a cultural complex, Nan Shu Fang, created from the final and most architecturally impressive of the antique buildings. Enhanced with furniture crafted from the nanmu wood characteristic of Ming interiors, the pavilion is designed to be a modern-day recreation of the scholars’ studios of China’s 17th century literati – a space to learn, contemplate and practice traditional crafts such as calligraphy, music and painting. Kunqu Opera performances will also be hosted there.

“Every Aman has a story to tell, and this one is no exception,” said Vladislav Doronin, chair and CEO of Aman. “This project and the many challenges it presented were unimaginable, but we overcame them not only to defy the test of time but to push the boundaries of traditional hospitality.”

Aman  Amanyangyun  China  Shanghai  resort  spa  wellness  architecture  historic  forest 
Related stories

Aman hotel to open in New York's iconic Crown Building, complete with dramatic three-storey spa

Aman launches private jet wellness journeys

Aman’s ‘most ambitious project to date’ features relocated ancient forest and 2,000-year-old dwellings

FEATURE: Spa people – Nichola Roche

Luxury hotel operator Aman is set to open its fourth location in China on Monday (8 January) – the culmination of an ambitious 15-year conservation initiative which saw the relocation of an entire forest and the reconstruction of a historic village. Kerry Hill Architects have restored 50 disassembled antique houses in order to create Amanyangyun, integrating contemporary comfort into the 400-year-old fabric of the buildings. The story began in the
CLD,SAB,CAS,HHR,HOT,PRO,ARC,DES,OPB,ECO
The resort’s name, ‘Yang Yun’, is taken from an inscription made on a pavilion in Beijing’s Forbidden City three centuries ago, and means ‘nourishing cloud’
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6435     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6435     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: TVS Group
TVS has a broad portfolio of products, including high-performing shock pads, surfaces for sport, fitness and play, as well as highly specialised acoustic materials for noise and vibration control.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The biggest tree that was moved is nicknamed ‘King Tree’
"This carefully choreographed interplay of room and courtyard extends through all scales of the masterplan"

The desire to save a threatened forest and historic buildings in China led to a truly unique resort, We speak to the people that made it happen

Visitors will be able to explore a variety of different environments
"Part museum exhibition and part immersive environment, the project invites visitors to explore Snarkitecture’s work"

Reimagining the traditional home

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
Magali Robathan, managing editor, CLAD
Bullock is currently leading the Destination Crenshaw project in LA
Gabrielle Bullock studied architecture and fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design
"I’m one of 424 black female licensed architects in the US. We represent 0.2 per cent of the profession"

Architects must reflect the world they design for, says Perkins+Will’s director of global diversity

features
Matteo Thun leads a design studio of over 70 people, with offices in Milan and Shanghai
"We want a longer life cycle for every product, even if it means business is slower"

Simplicity and sustainability should be at the heart of all design argues the Italian architect

Hotel & children’s cultural centre
"A unique leisure destination in the Greater Paris of tomorrow"

The key cultural buildings for Paris’s controversial new leisure destination

David Collins Studio:
Dublin-born David Collins moved to London in the 1980s and founded David Collins Studio in 1985
"The Studio is such a big part of our lives, that it just continued, albeit through a very challenging period"

David Collins was behind the design of many of London’s hottest destinations Today his legacy lives on via the studio’s glamorous international projects

cladkit product news
Empex Watertoys partners with Singapore architecture firm on new splash park
Buds is a new splash park that caters to children aged 12 and under
Lauren Heath-Jones
Empex Watertoys has partnered with Singapore landscape architecture firm Playpoint Singapore Pte to create Buds, an exciting new splash park ...
Ben van Berkel launches UNSense startup to boost health and wellbeing in built environments
Kim Megson
Dutch architect Ben van Berkel and his design firm UNStudio have launched a tech startup to “improve the health and ...
Bright Buildings to create UK's first 'open sky' swimming pool
Bright Buildings will create the retractable roof for the Open Sky pool at Ivybridge Leisure Centre
Lauren Heath-Jones
Leisure operator Fusion Lifestyle has announced that it will invest millions of pounds over the course of the next three ...
cladkit product news
Parkside opens flagship Chelsea showroom
The showroom is designed to inspire its clients
Lauren Heath-Jones
Parkside, a designer of contemporary porcelain and ceramic tiles, has opened its first showroom in the UK. Located in Chelsea ...
Carlo Ratti's 'wonder wall' robot could become reality with kickstarter campaign
Unveiled at Milan Design Week, as part of Ratti's Living Nature installation, the Scribit is the result of Ratti's ongoing investigation into and development of writing machines
Lauren Heath-Jones
Carlo Ratti Associatti has developed an intelligent robot capable of writing and drawing on vertical surfaces. Called Scribit, the device ...
London's new pollution-eating living wall has air purifying power of 275 trees
CityTree is a living wall that reduces particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air by 30 per cent
Lauren Heath-Jones
The Crown Estate, a London-based commercial real estate company, has partnered with Westminster City Council and cleantech specialist Evergen Systems ...
cladkit product news
Kvorning wins contest to design aquaculture exhibit at Norway's Coastal Museum
The exhibition explores the history of Norway's fish-farming industry dating back to 1970
Lauren Heath-Jones
Copenhagen-based design studio Kvorning Design and Norwegian advertising agency Vindfang have won a competition, organised by Museums in Sør Trøndelag ...
Dornbracht debuts Rainmoon wellness shower concept at  Salone del Mobile
Rainmoon is a multi-sensory wellness experience designed to revitalise and reinvigorate the user
Lauren Heath-Jones
Dornbracht, a German-based luxury bathroom specialist, has launched an innovative new shower experience, Rainmoon. Slated as the next generation of ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates