Yanbai Villa

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Resort – Luxury
  • Company/Firm
    Wimberly Interiors
  • Lead Designer
    Deepu Mahboobani
  • Other Designer(s)
    Liu Haoyang, Paolo De Simone, Ryan Mabuhay, Kyrsten Poh, Julia Ju
  • Architect
    Amateur Architecture Studio
  • Interior Designer
    Wimberly Interiors
  • Hospitality
    Yanqi Island Hotels & Resorts
  • Construction Company
    China State Decoration Group Company
  • Photo Credit
    Boris Shiu
  • Location
    Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China
  • Project Date
  • Developer
    Beijing Enterprises Real Estate Group Limited (BEREGL)
  • Project Link

A destination resort that reimagines traditions for the modern world, Yanbai Villa is envisioned for guests in search of solace, a luxurious sanctuary of peace and immersive one-of-a-kind experiences.

Inspired by ‘A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains’ – one of China’s most famous paintings by 12th Century artist Wang Ximeng, the team studied the artist’s unique ability to mimic 3D forms within 2D paintings and took cues from his artistic style. Working with Pritzker Prize architect Wang Shu, an exclusive hospitality experience is crafted that not only brings the past into the modern day but also creates an immersive sense of place nestled in the surrounding landscape of dramatic mountains and soothing water.

A striking, tapestry-like mosaic of stones and tiles recycled from the original site flows through the gallery. Unique perspectives are subtly yet intentionally layered into the guests’ journey, creating visual contrast and depth through the use of materiality, scale, form and colour – all grounded in nature.

Embracing the notion of balance and peacefulness, the resort is a celebration of Chinese culture and heritage, sustainability and new luxury.

Founded in Honolulu in 1945 by George ‘Pete’ Wimberly, WATG is the preeminent leader in integrated luxury hospitality design. Comprising five studios – Advisory, Master Planning, Architecture, Landscape and Wimberly Interiors, WATG design spaces that respect, protect and enhance the natural magic of their surroundings while delivering long-term value for clients and communities. As of 2023, its global yet local team across offices in Honolulu, Tustin (California), Los Angeles, New York, London, Singapore and Shanghai – has designed and delivered over 500 built projects in 170 countries.

Other prizes
AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE 1981-83 Cycle Tanjong Jara Resort, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2019 2019 Hotel + Leisure Completed Buildings - Shortlisted Nobu Hotel Los Cabos SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Gold Award 2019 2019 Jinshuo Hotel + Resort, China CREDAWARD 2020, Mixed-Use Silver The Ritz-Carlton Xi'an Mixed-Use AHEAD GLOBAL 2022, Transport / Winner Belmond Venice-Simplon-Orient Express PARIS DESIGN AWARDS 2022 2022 Urban Design - International La Cadiere Lake City, China The International Hotel & Property Awards 2023 Best Hotel Design APAC Yanbai Villa, Beijing China HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE 2023 2023 Best Suites Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express