Opposites come together
A city that is ultra- modern but remains rooted in its traditions, Shanghai unveils its charm, made of contrasts and jumps in scale. Young designers and star creators tell us all about it Following the abolition of the trade restrictions, the largest city in China has become a dynamic, sophisticated centre, a metropolis that has made modernity its strongest asset. In addition to being an economic and commercial centre, the city is also an important hub for visual languages, the West Bund district being the best example of this. Art In recent years, the number of museums has grown exponentially, including the Long Museum West Bund, dedicated to contemporary art and located on a former wharf used for transporting coal. The Yuz Museum, on the other hand, displays the vast private collection of the Indo- Chinese collector Budi Tek, consisting of the works of the major Chinese artists of the moment. Architecture Heading alongside the Huangpu River, which runs through the city, you can admire the forest of skyscrapers that dominates the district of Pudong, home of the iconic Oriental Pearl Television Tower. Norman Foster, together with the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, created the Bund Finance Center, a large complex made up of offices, retail space and a luxury hotel. It is also home to the Poly Grand Theatre, the new cultural centre of reference for the city designed by Tadao Ando. Additionally, the city hosts works by local architects Neri& Hu, such as the New Shanghai Theatre, a renovation of a former 1930s theatre, but also hotels and numerous clubs. Lifestyle Some ideal places to stay: Piero Lissoni’s The Middle House in the Jing’an district and the Edition Hotel, to get the best view of the skyscrapers. Cutting- edge restaurants include Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, where the dishes are served as part of a multi- sensorial technology experience, and Punch, a cocktail bar designed by Neri& Hu using recycled materials such as timber, dark green glass and bronze.