Ian Schrager brings the new 145-room Shanghai EDITION to the metropolis via an adaptive reuse of the art-deco former headquarters of the Shanghai Power Company on Nanjing Road, originally built in 1929.
The development attaches the historic building in which the public spaces are located to a new-construction skyscraper housing the hotel’s guestrooms. Schrager’s vision of “simple sophistication” and “understated luxury” is seen throughout the property’s design and helps to create an anchor for the city while unifying the fusion of old and new from the two buildings. Urban Lobby connects the two buildings together in a unique public space that features a hanging garden suspending from the ceiling, a seven-story antique mirror, and a bronze spiral staircase that goes down three floors.
The hotel’s lobby and main entrance showcase a custom-designed lighting centerpiece from French architectural and decorative designer Eric Schmitt. In front of the cobblestone driveway outside the hotel, guests are welcomed by a programmable LED feature underneath a cantilevered canopy. In true EDITION fashion, 31 ft. high stone walls contrast with walnut fittings to create the brand’s signature design dichotomy. The lobby’s bar features bespoke plaster relief artwork inspired by carvings found on Shikumen (stone-gated) housing, which is unique to traditional Shanghai urban typology.
Guestrooms showcase slanted windows that open to views of the city and The Bund waterfront. Walls and floor coverings are laden with light oak to create a comfortable atmosphere. Guestroom bathrooms are topped off with white marble and accented by black metal.
On the property’s fifth level, the swimming pool is modeled to appear as if it is carved from a solid piece of Pietra Serena sandstone from Rome. The seventh floor houses the gym, with a smoked oak skin that lines the floors and walls. Jason Atherton’s HIYA, a Japanese izakaya-inspired restaurant designed by Neri & Hu, sits on the 27th floor of the property. The development includes many other spaces, such as a spa, a gentlemen’s club, several other eateries, a nightclub, and a fully landscaped tropical roof garden.
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