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Jan112011

Fusing History with Style

You would never expect to find this incredibly chic hotel behind the concrete façade of what used to be a Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930s. Shanghai's Waterhouse at South Bund is a fierce boutique hotel located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District. Neri & Hu Design based its entire design concept on "a blurring or an inversion of internal & external spaces, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for guests in search of something out of the ordinary" — winning them an 'Emerging Architecture Award' by the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

It's incredible to see how the designers managed to transform a rather nondescript and utilitarian structure into such a magnificent retreat that fuses cutting-edge with comfort. It must be so neat to stay in a place where you can feel its history just by looking at the scars and cracks on the exposed walls.

Images © Pedro Pegenaute, © The Waterhouse at South Bund

Reader Comments (4)

Guest room interiors are beautiful, but I wouldn't say they did much of a transformation of the entrance lobby and common area spaces... they still seem pretty nondescript.

Jan 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercelliot
Fantastic interior. The design of the exterior fits well with Shangahi, an ultra modern city sprung from slums. One of my favorite cities ever. I love the bath glass however not sure about being in the middle of the room. Even couples want privacy sometimes.
Mar 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Tees
Amazing architecture! At first I thought the building wasn't finished, and after looking more carefully I realized that was actually the style. I think it's great that the building was designed in order to be modern while keeping bits of history alive.
Jul 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBurberry Watches
This place is insanely gorgeous! I love the rough industrial facade and fixtures
Dec 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraustin dance

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