Located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, The Waterhouse is a four-story, 19-room boutique hotel built into an existing three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and looks across at the Pudong skyline.
The architectural concept behind Neri & Hu’s renovation has been said to rest on a “clear contrast of old and new." The original concrete building has been restored, while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel in honor of the industrial past of the working dock by the Huangpu River.
Photos by Pedro Pegenaute
Neri & Hu also designed the hotel’s interiors. The public spaces allow the peeking into private rooms, while the private spaces have features that encourage those in them to look out at the public arenas, such as the vertical room window above the reception desk and the corridor windows overlooking the dining room.
The design team involved Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu, Debby Haepers, Cai Chun yan, Markus Stoecklein and Jane Wang. Structure consultants included China Jingye Engineering Technology Company.
Total project area is 8,611 square feet, with a gross square footage of 30,138 square feet.
Photos by Derryck Menere