Cultivated Dwelling: Art Meets Zen In The Heart Of Beijing 

This modern hotel in the heart of Beijing houses art, sustainability, and beauty.

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s August 2023 Issue.

Across a traditional Beijing courtyard house in Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Beijing sits the Opposite House–a place that celebrates art and the environment as one of Beijing’s first sustainably conscious buildings. 

It’s a celebration of art, evoked through constantly changing exhibitions and installations, with design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who chose to mix modern sensibilities with Chinese tradition. 

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The Art Of Sustainability 

Entering the hotel plunges you into a place that encourages everyone to see and feel more with striking pieces of art and design baked into the walls. “Origami,” designed by Kengo Kuma in 2019, is a suspended light fixture that serves as the reception wall. 

Made up of metal frames covered in Tyvek, a hand-paper-like texture, the stunning centerpiece coats the entire area in a soft, inviting glow.

Natural light fills the rest of the space, along with features like hardwood floors made from locally sourced reclaimed materials, and in further support of their sustainable efforts, check-in and check-out are paperless endeavors. 

Opposite House Beijing
Photo courtesy of Opposite House

Travelers are also welcome to explore the city on bike with the hotel’s bamboo bicycles. Guests can look forward to any of The House’s 99 guest studios, which include nine spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a terrace.

Each studio has an open-plan layout, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spa-like bathroom, and finishes in natural wood and stone, as well as its own stunning view of Beijing. 

The bathrooms contain a rain shower and a deep- soaking oak bathtub, while the rest of the room houses a Samsung TV, Bang & Olufsen in-room entertainment, a mood lighting system, French press coffee, a complimentary Maxi Bar, wireless internet access and exclusive Bamford in-room amenities.

At the end of the day, guests can look forward to crashing into luxury down bedding and 400-thread count cotton bed linen.

Curated Experiences

Suites, on the other hand, include identical amenities with the addition of Nespresso machines, an open-plan living, dining, and bedroom layout, plush daybeds, and a private balcony or personal Jacuzzi.

Guests who intend to make the most of their stay will also enjoy The Harrods Residence Suite, a two-story suite located on the fifth and sixth floors of the hotel. 

Its spacious 240 sqm terrace overlooks a fashionable neighborhood of Beijing and can host curated experiences like private dining and a bespoke Harrods afternoon tea which includes iconic Harrods collectibles.

Inside is an open-plan dining and living area as well as a specially designed relaxation zone incorporated into the bedroom.

Bespoke Harrods amenities await, in addition to exclusive Frederic Malle bath and body products inside the bathroom where guests can also make use of a rain shower and a deep-soaking marble bathtub. 

Opposite House Beijing
Photo courtesy of Opposite House

Other amenities include a dual-temperative wine fridge, a complimentary Maxi Bar, Harrods select tea and snacks, Georg Jensen signature homeware, Wedgwood fine china, Bang & Olufsen in- room entertainment, a Johnstons of Elgin wool and cashmere throw, Lladro porcelain masterpieces, and a walk-in wardrobe.

The luxury bed carries a mattress from Savoir as well as a Frette 600 thread-count bed linen and bathrobe. 

Opposite House Beijing
Photo courtesy of Opposite House

Read more by purchasing a copy of the Lifestyle Asia August 2023 magazine via or select newsstands in National Bookstore and Fully Booked. Subscribe to the E-Magazine via Readly, Magzter, and Press Reader.

Banner photo courtesy of Opposite House. 

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