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Sumei Skyline Coast Boutique Hotel, Sanya, China by GS Design

Project name:
Sumei Skyline Coast Boutique Hotel
Architecture firm:
GS Design
Tianya Dristrict, Sanya, Hainan, China
Ao Xiang
Principal architect:
Design team:
Chao Li, Zigeng Luo
Built area:
3200 m²
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Furnishing Director: Yu Feng. Design Directors: Liangchao Li, Yuanman Huang
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GS Design
Sumei Skyline Coast Boutique Hotel, Sanya
Hospitality › Hotel

The Shenzhen-based interior design firm GS Design led by Chao Li and Zigeng Luo, have recently completed Sumei Skyline Coast Boutique Hotel located in Sanya, China.

The project is located nearby the “The Skyline Coast”, a popular tourist attraction in Sanya, Hainan, enjoying vast and open seascape and surrounded by the lovely sound of crashing waves, which can relieve people’s spirits in the immersive blue natural ambience. The designer offers two interpretations for the façade structure of this project from different aspects - for the exteriors, it looks like the ocean waves rising and falling alone the shore; for the interiors, each peak of the ocean wave encloses an independent frame, presenting vivid pictures of the infinite blue ocean.

The designer builds the hotel lounge, unlike the traditional ones, into an area featuring reception, seating, photography and high tea. The height differences in the shallow water area further polish the artistic vibe - inspired by the winding coastline, the designer crafts the boundary of this area into a multifunctional platform, presenting a rich layered visual effect with the pool and the ocean.

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The designer excels at supporting spatial vibe with pure white tone to present a strong and specific contrast with the sky, seascape and sunset, which ensures a photographic background for all scenes and settings. “We work to craft the space into a timely and sophisticated art piece with long lifespan of usage by adopting this classic color.” Says the designer on the concept.

The blue sky, vast ocean, beach and palm are collected within the arch-shape frame to perfection, thanks to the precise aesthetic proportion. Wandering by the consecutive arch-shape windows, people are offered a broad vision of pure white, enjoying vivid natural scene everywhere within the area.

In functionality, B1 floor exists as a complex of bar and infinity pool, which opens in different periods respectively or serve as a right place for pool parties thanks to the free layout with less partitions. The swimming pool visually integrates with the boundless ocean and the infinite blue sky, presenting people a natural experience of swimming freely in the vast ocean.

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The champagne bottle-style matrix and the golden color well complement with each other to embellish the space in such a pure white context. People can appreciate the best sunset anywhere in the space when walking, standing, sitting, or even swimming. With a glass of wine, splendid natural lights and scenes, the romantic vibe in the space deserves every moment.

When people’s sight extends from the infinity pool and meets the invisible connection of pure white and blue, it would turn their perception and imagination to roof deck. 

With broad view on the roof deck of overlooking the misty green hills from afar and enjoy the vast and boundless sea in a near sight, the designer has developed the landscape to the most by dividing the space into many aesthetic settings including viewing, seating, hot spring bathing, photography areas, immersing people in a Mykonos vibe. The shallow water works as a mirror of the sky, the stone steps and the sunken seating area express the space order, and the arch installation forms a photograph spot… It provides a chill and relaxing interactive scene in such a fusion of nature and art.

The designer deconstructed the art with simple graphic morphemes, depicted circles inside the square, and made the them overlap with each other to form a loop, which ensures an in-depth vertical layered vision effect in the hot spring area. The shifting of light and shadow depicts poetry on the spatial structure; the silhouette of the waves, the afterglow of the sunset, and the ripples of the hot spring pool are all intersections of time and space.

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 The designer borrowed light to frame the scene to explained the aesthetic texture and the relationship between light and shade with ease. If window brings waves and sunset to the space, the skylight directly above the bed brings sparkling starlight and further enhance the natural vibe.

Geometric elements such as circles, semi-circles, and squares are each a single frame, which form a three-dimensional and dramatic aesthetic scale by placing them in the back of the space.

The designer took off the visible door in the transition area of the arch to highlights the free and natural structure in the entry, making people linger in the pure white secret wonderland.

Enjoying the seascape with a clear mind. The designer maximized the introduction of natural light and sea level and created a subtle perception of the scenery from various perspectives through the height difference of different furniture. When lying on the bed, people can enjoy the sparkling artistic conception at any time with their sight level up with the sea horizon.

People can have a wonderful dream with the chilling ocean breeze and the natural sound of waves. The designer applied perfect proportions to visualize the pure and splendid scene with the frame structure, flawlessly allowing people’s imagination to meet with the scenery right in the moment.

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Art comes from life and goes beyond life. GS Design excels at exploring and expressing the abundance of minimalist art, and an arc is a scene show window in this project. All furniture and beddings in the space feature pure white color, make the texture of the material have a dialogue between delicacy and rough. When the light and shadow penetrating the door, the structural relationship between points, lines and surfaces uniquely becomes lively and fun.

When getting darker, the setting sun would sink into the sea inch by inch, and the scattered fishing boats in the distance returns. The sparse streetlamps along the coast get on one by one, interweaving with the afterglow of the sunset and creating a soft and warm ambience, which make the peaceful atmosphere permeate everywhere in the roof deck. The natural wonderland away from the hustle and bustle, as well as the long-lasting artistic life here, gently inspire people's enjoyment of sojourn life.


In 2014, GS Design was co-founded by several young designers in Shenzhen. As one of the leading interior design companies in China, it is devoted to providing professional and excellent interior design and service for domestic and commercial projects, including boutique hotels, real estates, shops and stores, offices, clubs and villas.  With artistic skills, GS Design is trying to provide an unlimited degree of possibilities for space.

GS Design pays special attention to the exploration of architectural space and local culture and spares no effort to realize the space strategies based on interdisciplinary cooperation. Focusing on the relationship between building and materials, the combination of techniques and details, as well as the interaction between form, light and shadow, we are devoted to interpreting the close connection between human, space and nature, and creating unique “art spaces beyond life”. Over the years, with professionalism and innovative ideas, GS Design has presented many excellent domestic and commercial works and has won a good reputation among the clients.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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