Op­po­si­tes co­me to­ge­ther

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - words by Eve Fra­me — pho­tos by Black­sta­tion, Pe­dro Pe­ge­nau­te, Zhu Hai — wi­th the col­la­bo­ra­tion of Ales­sio Lu

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.

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