City in the city

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - by Fran­ce­sca Be­ne­det­to — pho­tos by Al­ber­to Stra­da

The vi­sio­na­ry Ian Schra­ger ex­ports a new con­cept of ho­spi­ta­li­ty to Shanghai. De­si­gned by Ne­ri& Hu, an in­ti­ma­te yet co­smo­po­li­tan ho­tel. A city in the city Ho­tel gu­ru Ian Schra­ger de­fi­nes The Shanghai Edi­tion, inau­gu­ra­ted in Oc­to­ber in the Chi­ne­se me­tro­po­lis, to be a “new ge­ne­ra­tion ur­ban lu­xu­ry re­treat” or, even bet­ter, “a small city in the city”. A com­plex of in­ter­con­nec­ting struc­tu­res, en­vi­ron­men­ts and spa­ces, a pla­ce to meet and work, an oa­sis of re­la­xa­tion and en­ter­tain­ment. Set in an im­por­tant 1929 art de­co buil­ding, whi­ch re­sto­red to its for­mer splen­dour is now ho­me to ho­tel’s com­mu­nal areas in­clu­ding the main lob­by, the Shanghai Ta­vern re­stau­rant be­lon­ging to Mi­che­lin- star­red chef Ja­son Ather­ton, the Spa, the Elec­tric Cir­cus night­club and the Roof Gar­den. The other 145 ele­gant rooms are lo­ca­ted in the ad­joi­ning post­mo­dern to­wer along wi­th other pu­blic areas, su­ch as the Hiya fu­sion re­stau­rant and ter­ra­ce wi­th an out­door loun­ge area and sky bar. The so­phi­sti­ca­ted but in­for­mal en­vi­ron­men­ts, the de­si­gner fur­ni­shings and the pain­sta­king at­ten­tion to detail are ai­med at ma­king the gue­st ex­pe­rien­ce au­then­tic and per­so­na­li­sed. It is the cen­tral ro­le played by the ‘ li­fe­sty­le ex­pe­rien­ce’ that ac­ts as the com­mon de­no­mi­na­tor bet­ween the con­cept de­fi­ned by Schra­ger and the ap­proa­ch of the Ne­ri& Hu De­si­gn and Re­sear­ch Of­fi­ce, the stu­dio that ca­me up wi­th the pro­ject. “In all our in­ter­ven­tions, we lo­ve to as­so­cia­te the me­mo­ry of the pla­ce wi­th its mo­men­tum in the fu­tu­re,” ex­plain the ar­chi­tec­ts. The calm, re­la­xing mood ma­kes guests feel that the fo­cus is on them, and they are loo­ked af­ter thanks to the at­ten­ti­ve, re­la­xed ser­vi­ce. And whi­le Schra­ger has on­ce again sho­wn great fo­re­sight, you can bet that The Shanghai Edi­tion will soon be­co­me a new land­mark for Chi­na’s lar­ge­st city.

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