Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Waterhouse Hotel

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. 

Images via Architizer

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