Design, art, culture: the spectacular renovation of the house opposite makes it a place to be enjoyed from all angles

Team Out of Town Blog Hub ( – The Opposite House, recently named # 1 of the 5 Best Hotels in China, # 1 of the 15 Best Hotels in Asia and # 3 of the Best Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure, is relaunching after the completion of a extensive renovation of its public spaces, restaurants and rooms. The first hotel of The House Collective by Swire Hotels brand, located in Beijing’s trendiest district, Sanlitun, took inspiration from the city’s creative electric energy for its renovations that encompass design, art and Culture. With a collection of new restaurants and social spaces, the redesign turns The House Collective’s ‘Maison de l’art’ into a vibrant and inspiring destination that taste makers will appreciate from every angle.

The opposite house Beijing


Imagined as a contemporary art gallery, The Opposite House was originally designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in 2008. Its now iconic emerald green glass exterior mirrors the hotel setting at Taikoo Li Sanlitun and inside, the airy atrium presents its rotating art exhibitions. under monumental curtains that create a screen of light.

The new experience of the House begins with the installation “Origami” by Kengo Kuma, which serves as the new reception wall for the lobby. Kengo applied Tyvek, a translucent synthetic fabric resembling handmade paper, to create a light screen with organic texture and undertones.

In the refreshed bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows open to lush views of the lush green surroundings and neighboring Taikoo Li resort. Clear partitions maximize space while lending a modern touch to the rooms for a contemporary feel. A Beijing-inspired decor completes the artistic atmosphere.

“We are very enthusiastic about the idea of ​​relaunching our House,” said Olivier Dumonceaux, General Manager of The Opposite House. “As a space where art comes to life, The Opposite House has always been animated by the fusion of design, creativity and culture. With art installations and pop-ups alongside new restaurant and bar concepts, we believe our Maison is a true lifestyle destination with unique experiences for each guest.


At The Opposite House, you can immerse yourself in art anywhere. Whether it’s the Maison’s collaboration with contemporary artists, its curatorial work, or even just a cocktail, art is appreciated from every angle. Each season, The Opposite House presents a different series of artwork, giving guests a new cultural insight into the world of contemporary art.

The House Collective’s 2019 biennial artistic program, ‘Encounters Across Cultures: Seeds of Life’, featured multidisciplinary artist Katja Loher, who collaborated with local artists and choreographers to create ‘Videoplanets’ of the five elements for one. floating installation in the atrium. This year, “Encounters Across Cultures” returns, where contemporary dancers Yu Jinying and Li Xinmeng have joined forces to create an interactive art installation through space and time that explores the architecture of The Opposite House.

The house opposite
The house opposite

As a “House of Art”, The Opposite House is a destination for those who create culture in the capital. Blending fashion and art, The House offers trendy events, from trendy tea inspired by designer creation to pop-up stores featuring sought-after luxury brands. And almost as if an haute couture show, Superfly, Union and the Lobby Atrium inspire the photos of the Maison’s social guests.

“Whether it’s collaborating with artists to deliver the ‘Encounters Across Cultures’ artistic program or organizing special events with fashion brands, it’s always exciting to partner with artists and brands. to create more unique experiences for our guests, ”said Ami Tsou, Director of Communications and Marketing for the house opposite.


The Opposite House is located in the vibrant Sanlitun district, tapping into the region’s creative energy and a blend of cultures. At Superfly, vintage vibes, Chinese pop culture and Sichuan street culture collide; at Michelin-starred Jing Yaa Tang, chef Li Dong explores the parallels and juxtapositions of traditional and modern Chinese cuisine; Union is inspired by the ancient Silk Road for a range of flavors from China to the Mediterranean; and Frasca celebrates traditional Mediterranean cuisine and the authentic flavors of Italy, completing the Maison’s global culinary offer. “Jing Yaa Tang, Superfly, Frasca and Union are each our homage to the past and the present, and to the cultures inside and outside of China,” said Will Gao, Director of Union. “Aside from focusing on creative experiences on classic cocktail recipes, we also love to breathe new life into new ideas, which is why we often invite renowned bartenders from different cities as guest bartenders to Union.

The experience of the house opposite

In the heart of Sanlitun, stepping out of the busy streets of Beijing City and entering The Opposite House is like stepping into an urban oasis. A space designed for peaceful moments inspired by nature, you can brush your hands against the bamboos, swim under the “stars” and discover your inner self during yoga by the pool. At each stage of the stay, from check-in to check-out, the Maison’s attentive team ensures customers a quality and personalized experience. As Jessica Ju, Customer Experience Team Leader, explains, “Our team always strives to provide customers with high quality, personalized service. We hope to provide new experiences to every customer for a real sense of leisure and relaxation.

To celebrate the recent honor of Travel + Leisure 2021 World’s Best Awards as No. 3 Best Hotels in the World and No. 1 Top City Hotel in Asia, The Opposite House launches “Appreciate From Every Angle”, a special offer for customers to experience the House themselves.

Just top up RMB 600 ++ at the daily rate to enjoy a stay at Studio 70, a daily breakfast for two in Frasca and a choice of two from the four dining experiences:

  • Michelin menu for two at Jing Yaa Tang
  • Silk Road Cocktails in Union
  • Personalized menu for two in Frasca
  • Special menu for two at Superfly

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