Shanghai’s French Concession was created as a suburban zone of gated communities with few working places. After the Cultural Revolution a number of “returned from countryside” factories were built amongst these residential communities. With the re-structuring of the state enterprises many of these factory compounds have become underutilized and neglected. This re-development resurrects one such abandoned compound, and maintains diverse activities in the district. It supports programs of work, entertainment, retail, living and hotel.
The hotel seeks to provide an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Guests have the opportunity to mix in the reception bar and in the open kitchen-dining room. The rooms utilize deep walls and varying floor levels to build-in furniture, and minimize the amount of floating items. The bathrooms are integrated in the spaces, with basins as part of working benches, and baths situated within the main space.