Waterhouses and bomb shelters

Last week, I popped into what will become my new favourite place to take visitors, the Waterhouse.  It’s a newly completed boutique hotel, located just up the road from work, nestled into the warehouses and decrepit housing of the area.

Housed in a refurbed older building (somewhat unusual here…), the design is impeccably executed.  Many of the historic features are retained and celebrated, with the new work reflecting the robust industrial character of the surrounding buildings.  Supposedly, they exhausted the city’s supply of corten steel during construction.

I have also heard that the design was based around the idea of ‘peeping tom’ (seriously!), so there are ample opportunities to see and be seen.  Reflective window shutters allow you to catch a glimpse of other people’s rooms.  In one room, there is a glazed floor panel through which you can see a room below.  And there are plenty of bridges, platforms and openings that allow for displaying oneself.

Alas, no such shenanigans for me.  I was there for the rooftop – which has a bar and an amazing view over the Pudong side of the city.  For their opening (or rather, a series of ‘soft openings’ over a week, which is how they launch things in Shanghai), there were giving away free drinks.  Next week, they will be charging like crayzy.

Later in the night, the lure of further free drinks lead us to a very different social haunt.  Shanghai Studio is housed in an old bomb shelter (necessitating a confusing walk under ground along a very long ramp and through many doorways) and is a favourite of many of Shanghai’s gee-ay-whys.  It’s also a bit ‘peeping tom’ in its styling, but no quite as subtle as the Waterhouse.  And given the subterranean location, the only views are of other people (as would be desirable, I guess…)

The journey in can be treacherous…


8 Responses to Waterhouses and bomb shelters

  1. luKe says:

    Presumably that is Pilbara oxide in that Corten.
    Will be interesting to observe how it stains the building’s facades in coming months and years.

    • luKe says:

      … oh, and I meant to concur that the designer’s solutions for this building are very good indeed.

      • I assume you are referring to Shanghai Studio…? Because, yes, the infinity mirrors and blue toned lighting are masterful design solutions. 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Love the Knockhead sign with the picture of mira on it!think i will call her that from now on…

  3. Pingback: Goodbye Docks! Hello Cool! | That Look Crayzy!

  4. bitbot says:

    I laugh so much I almost knockhead!

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