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One of the greatest luxuries at the Opposite House, is not necessarily what you’ll find within but instead, what has been left out. No fussiness and no over the top design, nothing distracts from the sense of zen and openness created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. In a city notorious for its pollution and crowds, that’s an absolute blessing. Kuma’s hotel design debut, the Opposite House amazes with its ability to feel like… well, anything but a hotel. There’s no reception desk or any other hotel trope. Instead, young and attractive staff dressed in black handle your check-in procedures. The rooms, are dubbed “studios” to allow the creativity of their residents to flourish, and the crowd, – Chinese pop stars, well-to-do hipsters and young Western business moguls,- are as colorful and offbeat as the hotel they call home. Airy, grandiose, luxurious and with an attention to detail that is close to faultless ( a rarity in Beijing) the Opposite House is an alternate universe, markedly different from the hubbub of Sanlitun, and what a beautiful one it is at that.