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Mustard yellow tiles clad the walls of this Chengdu hotel by Archetype


Grid patterns and crisp lines are softened by an earthy colour palette in this hotel interior in Chengdu, China, by local firm Archetype Design Organization.


Located in a building from 2002 that was previously used as shops and offices, the 3,209-square-metre Buda Hotel is sandwiched between the city’s busy Yizhou Avenue and a quiet community neighbourhood.

Buda Hotel lobby with counter and curved ceiling clad in yellow tiles
Yellow tiles feature in Buda Hotel’s lobby (above) and in the stairwell that leads to the guest rooms (top image)

“For the stay-in hotel, we hope to achieve a process of integration; an experience of memory, and a state of forgetting oneself,” the architects told Dezeen.

“[A] warm, delicate, comfortable and relaxing place – we hope it is a selfless experience.”

Yellow-tiled hallway with mellow lighting in hotel by Archetype
Hallways are atmospherically lit through recessed low-level spots

The exterior of the hotel is clad in a charcoal-coloured calcium silicate board. An entranceway clad in walnut panelling and rectangular mustard yellow tiles guides travellers inside.

The mustard tiles continue inside the hotel’s lobby where they stretch across an arched ceiling that the architects said was installed to evoke a homely atmosphere.

Yellow-tiled hallway and white armchair in a guest bedroom of the Buda Hotel
The hotel rooms are naturally lit and feature light-coloured furniture

“The first purpose is to give depth and bearing for light into the space, and the second purpose is to wrap around the shapes, so as to perceive comfort in mind,” the studio said.

“The jump in colours is to define the relaxation and cuteness of the hotel, and we chose yellow to keep the visual temperature of the hotel. The choice of mustard yellow tiles is to increase the meticulous experience while ensuring the durability of the hotel. It also forms a strong contrast between the hotel and the surroundings.”

In the lobby, the tiles are combined with crisp white walls and dark walnut wood. A staircase with spotlit spherical sculptures installed in alcoves leads to the hotel’s 57 guest rooms.

Dark corridors, atmospherically lit by recessed low-level lighting, are punctuated by walnut-framed doors fitted with frosted wire mesh glass.

Yellow-tiled hallways and bed with white sheets in hotel interior by Archetype
Walnut wood doorframes lead into the bedrooms

In contrast to the dark corridors and lobby spaces, the hotel’s rooms are naturally lit. The dark walnut panelling is continued inside the rooms and used on furniture and window shutters, while off-white rectangular tiles, white bed linen and brown leather create a lighter mood.

The hotel also includes a gym, restaurant, bar, office and meeting rooms.

Wooden doors and red stone counters in bathroom of Buda Hotel
In the bathrooms, wood is contrasted with stone counters

Archetype Design Organization was founded in Chengdu in 2014 by Jinnan Liao.

A curved tiled wall is also used to guide customers inside this minimal patisserie in Hangzhou, while pink tiles were added to the facade of a London flat extension to create an unusual exterior.

Photography is by Chuan HE / Here Space Photography.



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