Dharma Hotel

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Resort – Boutique
  • Company/Firm
    Penda China
  • Lead Designer
    Dayong Sun
  • Other Designer(s)
    Shuyan Wan
  • Architect
    Dayong Sun & Shuyan Wan
  • Interior Designer
    Dayong Sun & Shuyan Wan
  • Photo Credit
    Xia Zhi
  • Location
    Xidamo Village, Qingshui Town, Mentougou District, Beijing
  • Project Date

Located in West Dharma Village, Fangshan District, Beijing, Dharma Hotel is favorably sited amidst mountains and trees. The 1,700 m2 hotel is elaborately planned in staggered layout on a 800 m2 site, enjoying magnificent views. The project is replanned on the parcel of the original residential building as a two-floor waterfront homestay hotel. The hotel lobby and guestrooms, which are connected by bridge, face each other across the water, allowing guests to fully experience the attractive natural environment while stepping into the site. A total of 24 guestrooms are offered, including waterfront rooms and terraced rooms. The design maximizes the great views around the site and makes the building an integral part of the environment.

Dharma Hotel is a perfect integration of the conflicting “wildness” and “luxury” and an expression of people's yearning for embracing nature. The high land level makes it a good place to watch the clouds, the sunrise and the sunset, smell the flowers, listen to forest winds and see the stars. It is an ideal destination for one to rest, relax and seclude from the bustling and hustling of cities.

Founded in 2013 and led by Sun Dayong and Wan Shuyan, Penda China is a Beijing-based studio for delivering a multiplicity of projects that celebrate innovative and sustainable design. The firm has since proceeded with a gradual growth into a multidisciplinary practice covering a wide spectrum ranging from architecture, landscape, installation art and such.

Our firm is a stickler for ‘LESS IS LOVE’. From an ecological standpoint of ‘minimum effort to maximum effect’ , we stand up for the feasible solutions to establish an agreeable rapport between individuals and surroundings through design.

Other prizes
Our designs garnered us many honours and extended actual influence within a worldwide scene. Hongkun Art Gallery (alternatively known as ‘Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts’) was selected to be one out of ten the most popular art galleries in Beijing by Time Out (2014). Penda China has been selected as the most influential Chinese designer of AD100 for four times; We won the Architizer A+ Award for Emerging Firm of the Year (2016); Shortlisted 2021 Dezeen Awards Emerging architecture studio of the year. Founders Sun Dayong has been widely regarded as an iconic character amongst the architects of 80’s birth cohort. He won the accolades including Rising Star Designer of JINTANG PRIZE (2015), CHINA NEO POWER INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD (2016), 40 UNDER 40 (2018), Jin Teng Award (2018); invited to attend CHINA HOUSE VISION (2018, Curated by Kenya Hara), appointed as the mere judge from the Greater China of Evolo (2018), picked as Person of the Year by TRENDS HOME (2019), inducted as a judge for Dezeen Awards (2020), and selected to be Architect of the Year by Robb Report Lifestyle (2020).