Blur Hotel

16 Donghuamen Street
Beijing 100006

People's Republic of China


Studio Pei Zhu 2006


Considered to be one of the first boutique hotels in Beijing, the Blur Hotel looks at its historic context to create a stylishly modern hotel. Blur Hotel is a refurbishment of a former governmental office beside the western gate of the Forbidden City.



The interior layout of the hotel is based on the vernacular building typology of the sihueyuan, or courtyard house. By carving into concrete slab floors of the existing building, an arrangement of alternating vertical courtyards is created, replicating the spatial arrangement of the surrounding hutongs. The exterior is wrapped in a continuous and semi-transparent façade of panelized, extruded fiberglass. At night, the building is transformed by light to resemble a Chinese lantern.



Combining the exterior screen and internal courtyard, the building appears as a single, yet permeable object. The project has received high acclaim from critics, and has become a major stop for designers visiting Beijing.







How to visit


Hotel Kapok / Blur hotel is located on Donghuamen Dajie, between Nan Chizi and Nan Heyen Street, a 5 minute walk from Forbidden City - also just minutes away from the Wangfujing market street.


Using a taxi or bike is the easiest way to get to the Hotel. The nearest subway stop is off of Line 10 at the Wangfujing stop.


For more information or to book a room, call +86 10 6525 9988 or visit the hotel’s website at




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