This youth hotel in Shenzhen, China, used to function as a dormitory building of the Honghua Dying Factory. It was renovated by O-office Architects, who transformed its existing facade into a more dynamic structure and created a central corridor that would facilitate new living units. The result was a building that marries the aesthetics of the first industrialization processes in Shenzehen and the spatial and visual requirements of modern-day nomads.
The renovation process incluuded two major interventions. First, a new central corridor had to be formed in order to create new hotel infrastructure and living units. Second, its facade had to be redesigned to provide more light to the interior and create a more interesting visual effect. This was achieved by inserting prefab steel boxes into the exterior walls.
The ground floor functions as a multi-purpose social space containing reception, cafe, open kitchen and common space. The living units, located from the 2nd floor to the 4th, were renovated through small adaptations of the original framework, which gave the original spatial composition a new look.
Photos by Chaos.Z