G.A Design combines historic and modern influences with ‘Hai Pai’ for W Shanghai – The Bund

Contrasting Shanghai’s past with its present, the design combines historic and modern influences with Hai Pai (the art of mixing the old and the new as well as East and West).

W Hotels has opened W Shanghai – The Bund. Overlooking the Huangpu River, the hotel was crafted by G.A Design.

Contrasting Shanghai’s past with its present, the design combines historic and modern influences with Hai Pai (the art of mixing the old and the new as well as East and West). The hotel has 374 guestrooms and suites including the Cloud on the Bund, which has an LED wall and hanging bed. The Extreme Wow suite has more than 4,000 square feet of living space, as well as a hanging neon installation that resembles the lips of a dragon blowing smoke.

Neon light installations also punctuate the arrival experience, with lighting crafted to mirror Shangai’s Lilong tradition of hanging wet laundry from lines stretched across laneways. A kaleidoscope fixture is installed at reception to mimic the flow of guests through the space. Restroom walls were designed with a Melting Qipao pattern to represent Shanghai’s status as a cultural melting pot.

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For dining, the property has New York bistro-inspired Kitchen Table; Cantonese concept Yen; Liquid at Yen, which recalls 1920s Shanghai; the lounge and cocktail bar Woobar; and the poolside Wet and Wet Bar.

For events, the property has nearly 64,580 square feet of meeting and event space. The 21,530-square-foot Great Room is the largest hotel event space in western Shanghai, complete with 20-foot-high ceilings, mirror collages, and Art Deco-style screen.