Minimalistic Boutique Hotel With Glass Walls And Gorgeous Views



The Stray Bird is a charming boutique hotel situated in Ningxia, China designed and built by STUDIO QI. It enjoys a privileged location, just 10 meters away from the Yellow River and framed by the Tengger Desert, enjoying wonderful views and being beautifully immersed into the landscape. The spaces are organized into three separate programatic zones. One is a sitting area, the second is a more practical, standing area and the third is a sleeping zone. They’re all prefabricated modules with steel frames, a structural choice based on all the limitations related to the remote location, transportation constraints but also sustainability.

The sleek and minimalistic design of this boutique hotel allows it to enjoy a strong connection with the immediate surroundings
The sleek and minimalistic design of this boutique hotel allows it to enjoy a strong connection with the immediate surroundings
The modules are framed by full-height glass walls on three sides and this opens them up to the views
The modules are framed by full-height glass walls on three sides and this opens them up to the views
The interior design is generally very simple and airy, allowing the focus to be on the panoramic views
The interior design is generally very simple and airy, allowing the focus to be on the panoramic views

The sitting and sleeping areas are situated on opposite sides where they can take maximum advantage of the panoramic views unfolding around them. The modules have glass walls on three sides with perforated panels on the back walls that ensure a decent level of privacy without completely closing off the spaces. The overall organization of all the spaces ensures efficient internal circulation. Furthermore, everything inside the spaces is arranged in such a way to maximize the visual connection with the exterior, blurring the boundaries between architecture and nature.

The perforated panels on the back wall give the leisure areas privacy without completely blocking the view
The perforated panels on the back wall give the leisure areas privacy without completely blocking the view
The furniture is generally placed along the back walls in order to maximize the views
The furniture is generally placed along the back walls in order to maximize the views
The corner rooms are the most privileged thanks to the three-sided glass curtain which frames the hotel
The corner rooms are the most privileged thanks to the three-sided glass curtain which frames the hotel
Although very simple in design, the suites are very welcoming and have lots of character
Although very simple in design, the suites are very welcoming and have lots of character
The wooden deck links the indoor and outdoor, making the transition more seamless
The wooden deck links the indoor and outdoor, making the transition more seamless
The glass walls bring the beautiful views inside but also expose the spaces, diminishing privacy
The glass walls bring the beautiful views inside but also expose the spaces, diminishing privacy
The flat roof gives this boutique hotel a contemporary and minimalistic aesthetic
The flat roof gives this boutique hotel a contemporary and minimalistic aesthetic

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