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What makes The Opposite House Beijing unlike any other hotel is the unique design of both the interior and exterior. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel to feature open spaces and clean lines, and to contrast both traditional and modern styles, giving it an open and relaxing vibe that’s sensed from the moment the guest enters the doors. Chic and hip, The Opposite House Beijing hotel refers to the lobby sitting area as the “Living Room” and the space is filled with several white couches and a life-sized porcelain piece of a woman’s dress and man’s jacket, which the staff claims the artist created after shaping them on two models. The lobby of the hotel is both an atrium that rises to all of the guest rooms and a contemporary gallery filled with the works of Chinese artists. The exterior of the hotel is an emerald glass color that Kuma chose to convey a sense of calm, but also allows light to filter into the hotel while providing guests with privacy from the busy street below. Speaking of street level, two dark wooden doors with antique-looking metalwork mark the entrance, again playing on that sense of new and old. Fully embracing this sense of contrast, the hotel gets its name from a guesthouse that is on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard-style home and you’ll find that the hotel is full of this playful mentality and design.