The Stray Bird is a charming boutique hotel situated in Ningxia, China designed and built by STUDIO QI. It enjoys a privileged location, just 10 meters away from the Yellow River and framed by the Tengger Desert, enjoying wonderful views and being beautifully immersed into the landscape. The spaces are organized into three separate programatic zones. One is a sitting area, the second is a more practical, standing area and the third is a sleeping zone. They’re all prefabricated modules with steel frames, a structural choice based on all the limitations related to the remote location, transportation constraints but also sustainability.
The sitting and sleeping areas are situated on opposite sides where they can take maximum advantage of the panoramic views unfolding around them. The modules have glass walls on three sides with perforated panels on the back walls that ensure a decent level of privacy without completely closing off the spaces. The overall organization of all the spaces ensures efficient internal circulation. Furthermore, everything inside the spaces is arranged in such a way to maximize the visual connection with the exterior, blurring the boundaries between architecture and nature.