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Fushengyu Hotspring Spa Resort

This luxury hot spring resort is built around the hilltop of Luo Fu Shan, in Sichuan Province. The site is 300Mu or 21Ha, with 70.000 m2 built surface. AIM has designed the master plan, landscape, architecture and interiors. The master plan is set up to use the different landscape opportunities on the site. The different functions have different types of buildings that each benefit from their immediate surroundings. This results in an architectural range that is at the same time diverse and unique.

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Through the selection of a limited number of natural building finishes these buildings go well with each other and the landscape. The interiors deepen this path of unique connections to nature. Ultimately this is a resort that measures its success to the quality of the human experience in nature. It is a getaway that combines nature with luxury and careful contemporary architecture.

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Aim Architecture:

This Spa is part of Fushengyu Hotspring Resort and is located in the north of Sichuan at the foot of the Luo Fu Shan mountain range.

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Tree-capped mountains dotted with temples pleasantly surround the site. It is a place where water has shaped the land. Rivers have carved out the valley and water naturally springs from the earth in warm water wells. It is one of China’s traditional hot spring areas. From the commencement of our project it was clear that this stunning scenery would be a strong influence on the design concept.

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This spa building wraps around a hill at the center of the site, overlooking the valley. The building’s shape and therefore the experience of the spa are informed by this hill. As you progress through the stages of bathing, you are offered differing views across the changing landscape.

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This extensive spa has a wide range of different water experiences. Most of the pools are outdoors, offering a spectrum of experiences. We have sought to push the theme of water, to express its various forms. It is steam, ice, fish, herbs, salt, different concentrations of minerals. Some pools are still, others whirl, bubble, massage and so on. We have sought to make these conditions real, pure, and positioned carefully in the landscape to make this a completely escapist place.

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The building materials have been chosen for their closeness to nature. Many of the walls are made in clay mixed with pebbles, or stained timber. Central to our material palette is the River Stone. This locally sourced stone is a conglomerate of pebbles that have been shaped by the water over time. Cutting it reveals pebbles of various shapes and sizes and a wealth of natural colours. This stone has been used in a plethora of ways across the resort. It defines many of our floors and pools. We have used them as seats in the pools and bench tops in the villas. We have cast it into the concrete roads and have made our water channels and landscape walls with the same local stone.

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Project Data:

Project name: Fushengyu Hotspring Spa Resort
Location: Anxian, Mianyang, Sichuan, China
Coordinates: 31.583454, 104.342706
Type: Resort, Hot Spring Resort, Spa Resort
Project Area: 24,000 sqm
Status: Built
Completion Date/Year: 2015


  • 2016 – World Architecture Festival Award – Category: Completed Buildings > Hotel And Leisure – Finalist

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Onesun LTD
Architects: Aim Architecture – 5F, 77 Fenyang Road Xuhui District, 200031, Shanghai, China
Design Team:

  • Vincent de Graaf, Wendy Saunders, Leonardo Colluci, Allan Yang, Claudia Juhre, Zoe Zhu, June Deng, Andrew Irwin, Shelley Mock, Dongker, Liat Goldman, Ted Zhang

Text Description: © Courtesy of Aim Architecture
Images: © Aim Architecture, Dirk Weiblen

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