The Waterhouse Hotel in Shanghai looks absolutely wonderful. Unlike most of the massive, cookie cutter developments that you find in Asia these days, this industrial building converted into a luxury boutique hotel really has attitude. They kept the rough integrity of the original structure and highlighted it with rich woods, large clean surfaces and neutral colors.
They built a 2 story addition using large planes of Corten steel (the rusty looking one architects love) that goes beautifully with the rough concrete shell. Waterhouse hotel also has an interior courtyard and a ridiculous rooftop terrace with priceless views of Shanghai.
This is my kind of hotel. Its modern and fun all the while avoiding being trendy, like i would not get sick of staying here because everything is shockingly bright.
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