From the moment you enter the hotel’s lobby, throughout the enjoyment of your whole stay, we hope that your experience at The PuLi Hotel and Spa will mark a departure from the expected generic stereotypes associated with conventional luxury hotels.
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 1930’s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and looks across at the gleaming Pudong skyline. The architectural concept behind NHDRO’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new. The original concrete building has been restored while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel, reflecting the industrial past of this working dock by the Huangpu River. Neri & Hu’s structural addition, on the fourth floor, resonates with the industrial nature of the ships which pass through the river, providing an analogous contextual link to both history and local culture. Neri & Hu was also responsible for the design of the hotel’s interior, which is expressed through both a blurring and inversion of the interior and exterior, as well as between the public and private realms, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for the hotel guest who longs for an unique five-star hospitality experience. The public spaces allow one to peek into private rooms while the private spaces invite one to look out at the public arenas, such as the large vertical room window above the reception desk and the corridor windows overlooking the dining room. These visual connections of unexpected spaces not only bring an element of surprise, but also force the hotel guests to confront the local Shanghai urban condition where visual corridors and adjacencies in tight nong-tang’s define the unique spatial flavor of the city.Images © Pedro Pegenaute, © The Waterhouse at South Bund
Hotel ICON is a very special hotel with an equally special purpose: Not only does it embody all the creative energy and spirit of Hong Kong, it’s a “learning environment” on which the aspirations of future hoteliers come to life as part of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an extension of its School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM).
The Eight Bamboo Villas in Nankun Mountain are half hidden in green mountain by a stream, they are just like the eight sages in the bamboo forest accompanies by faint flowery fragrance and birds’ tweet. In here bathing in hot spring and watching the changing world, it enables people to feel the low-profile leisure and the beauty of simplicity “from the nature and returning to the nature”. The layout of bamboo villas integrate the features of stilted buildings and courtyards, and the indoor and outdoor layouts are inspired by the Hakka houses based on the rich local bamboo resources to provide comfortable and high-grade vacation services while protecting the ecological environment. It was designed by C&C Design Co., Ltd.