Inspiration: Waterhouse Hotel in Shanghai

Brand van Egmond's Nightwatch chandelier in the lobby of the Waterhouse Hotel

We love how Japanese architects neri & hu transformed this disused Chinese army headquarters into a hotel. They maintained the history of the building by juxtaposing the old and the new, resulting in a space that is truly awe-inspiring.

The architectural concept behind neri & hu’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new.

The lobby of the Waterhouse Hotel in Shanghai

The original concrete building has been restored while new additions were built over the existing structure using Cor-Ten steel.

 

The Night Watch chandelier hangs over the lobby of the Waterhouse Hotel

The building’s industrial past as a working dock by the Huangpu River is well-represented.

Original woodwork looms large in the entrance to the Waterhouse Hotel

Photos: Pedro Pegenaute.

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