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The Opposite House in Beijing, part of The House Collective, has unveiled renovations from Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is also currently designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The lobby of the hotel has been completely revamped by Kuma, who after his initial design of the space has recreated a new vision for the reception area with a huge glowing origami structure installed at the center of the atrium. Based on a lightweight suspension structure made of acrylic plates and metal frames to maximize the light transmission, Kuma applied a translucent synthetic textile with hand-paper-like texture called Tyvek, and created a screen of light with organic texture and shades.

The original design influences the rest of the artwork currently on display in the hotel, with sculptures that nod to the city’s fashion scene and represent interpretations of familiar Chinese motifs. The Opposite House curates ongoing art installations on a quarterly basis, as well as a larger theme redesigns once a year through its art program.

Photo: Courtesy of The Opposite House


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