area: 8900 m2 / 96,000 ft2
The Silkworm Inn was a hotel conversion proposed for a historic nineteenth-century silk factory, one of China’s first. The recently restored structure, as a local icon, was in fact well adapted to use as a hotel, with one major caveat: while possessing with spectacular river views on one side, the opposite side faces a banal six-lane traffic artery.
By wrapping the street side of the facade with a fabric “cocoon” it was possible with one gesture to create a spacious entry, a grand public space, an interior garden onto which guest rooms could open, and also a new icon to complement the old and render the hotel visible as a new enterprise. From the river side, the cocoon could be seen gently looming above the historic structure in the background, glowing dramatically at night.
Adam Sokol; Daymond Robinson