October 31, 2016
Kolping Hotel Casa Domintila has interesting feng shui, looking at it from the front it is like a person with two arms stretched out (Christ on the Cross?) and because of the land restriction, one of the arm has to fold in on an angle. The centrepiece has a Metal phase, supported by Earth of the brickworks above and to either side, plus a little bit of horizontal Wood to give it some interest.
Unusual for a hotel, the reception is located below ground level with a restaurant above and a chapel sitting on top. The architectural composition reflected the character of housing pilgrims on their journey well, at the end of the day, the pilgrims need food for their stomach and worshipping their Lord, more than feeling welcome.
I only wish the architect could have done a sunken courtyard in front of the reception area so there is an inner Mingtang on the lower level to collect the Qi of warmth and affection as the visitors sign into the hotel.
On the whole I much prefer this kind of hotel with meanings to some of the soulless modern varieties that we see in so-called the international hotels, which look at same all over the place, whether we are in Beijing, New York or Rome.