China – The architecture studio has created a hotel and library in Zhejiang Province designed especially for travellers who want to read and relax.
Working with an existing structural shell positioned in the mountainous village of Qinglongwu, Atelier Tao+C has added bedrooms and bamboo bookshelves to the space. Its triple-height atrium doubles as a library and a bookshop, with various nooks and crannies – inspired by the surrounding mountains – providing hideaway reading spots that cater for guests’ individual reading habits. ‘The stairs, with only nine steps for each section, form a zig-zagging route with quick turns,’ reads information from Atelier Tao+C. It is quite similar to the paths in the mountains where moments of people’s meandering, ascending, stopping, reading, snooping and resting in the capsules are revealed from time to time.'
As people increasingly prioritise reading opportunities over big screens while travelling, spaces such as this capsule hotel are targeting those seeking calm, library-like settings away from home. For more, read our Literary Hospitality microtrend.