Hospitality Design: The Naked Stables Private Reserve by Grant Horsfield

How would you like to spend your holiday or weekend getaway amidst lush greenery in Moganshan, China? If you want to experience purely relaxing and comfortable vacation, The Naked Stables Private Reserve would be a great way to go. You can add to that the rare opportunity to commune with nature far away from home. This hospitality design is located two and a half hour ride outside the urban sprawl of Shanghai. It is far away enough from the city to forget about the environmental degradation that has been sacrificed in man’s development and advancement. This green getaway is located in a town amidst mountains and miles of virgin bamboo forests. This is the same location that the developer – Grant Horsfield – envisioned China’s finest retreat away from limitless factories and the busy air of the city.

According to the lead architect, Delphine Yip-Horsfield, The Naked Stables Private Reserve will be more than just a luxury resort and I couldn’t agree more. This is not your ordinary hospitality design – it is one that’s filled with a trigger to discover, to commune and share with nature as it was originally planned. The architectural design stands on 60 acres and houses 121 rooms.

The developer – Grant Horsfield – had designers from different backgrounds. The wife comes from Hong Kong while the husband comes from South Africa and they both agreed the importance of aesthetic elements of the design – it is one that would promote and facilitate bonds with the environment.

I love the Earth Huts that appeared to have been carved out directly from the soil. They have been constructed from a special material referred to as “stabilized insulated rammed earth.” This material is a mixture of local soil and made strong by rebar and cement surrounding a core of insulation. The Earth Huts looked entirely natural and the walls are 18 inches thick, which provide enough but impressive insulation. The hospitality design is seeking to be the first establishment of this size to receive the LEED Certification.

The contrasting 30 tree-top villas float above the hut, which rendered the entire place like an artwork. The villas are perched on a slope and stands on stilts constructed from structural insulated panels. I must say that the entire concept was focused on making the establishment sustainable without sacrificing its sophisticated aesthetic qualities.

I also love how they developed the concept of interior design with the Afro-Asian theme considering the wife and husband are from different backgrounds. The Asian feel is through the project’s minimalist approach.

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