City in the city
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.