"Taking on a sensitive approach to the local culture, with villagers still living nearby, the overall planning and landscape design blends into the original village structure without creating new boundary conditions," said Helen Wang of Ares Partners.
The new structure housing the restaurant, bar and reception area replaces some small outhouses and had to be sensitively integrated into the overall scheme.
The building's steel frame and extensive glazing contrast with its terracotta roof tiles and an internal wall made from rough stone blocks, resulting in a structure that references its surroundings but is distinctly contemporary.
"The spatial dialogue and sense of continuity between the old and the new buildings maintains an order of symbiosis between the foreign hotel and the local village,"Wang added.
"The same design principle extends into the interior space of the hotel. The dialogue between people, space, light and landscape is well considered."
Based on the traditional layouts of houses in the region, which feature three bays with a double-height space occupying the central bay, the rooms in each of the guest houses are arranged around a communal area containing the staircase.
The original earth walls remain prominent within the guest rooms, where contemporary materials including bamboo, timber, galvanised steel and concrete complement their tactile quality.
Existing timber beams and wooden doors have been refurbished and reused to accentuate the authentic feel of the spaces.
Other examples of farms converted for alternative uses include a contemporary art gallery housed in a series of disused farm buildings in the English countryside and a 150-year-old farm complex in Switzerland that was transformed into office and apartment blocks.
Photography is by Su Shengliang.