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We just can't seem to stop talking about new Shanghai hotels lately. The city is full of exciting new projects as major hotel brands move in. HBA / Hirsch Bedner recently completed the design of the first Hotel Indigo property in Asia Pacific at Shiliupu at the Southern end of the Bund in Shanghai. The recently opened Hotel Indigo Shanghai offers spectacular views of the historic Bund and the dramatic Pudong skylines.
The 180-room hotel features a design that is tied together by the Huangpu River. The element that ties the hotel to the neighborhood is the Shiliupu Dock, now known as Pier 16. The lobby features illuminated sculpture installations and sculptural walls that seem to float between the dark Chinese marble floor and the high ceiling. Materials such as raw steel, concrete, exposed brick, and polished plaster give the feeling that this gallery space has been repurposed from a wharf-side waterfront loft. In the center of the lobby stands a distressed raw steel ellipse shaped like a ship's funnel and studded with LED lighting.HBA also commissioned the deconstruction of a retired Shanghai riverboat. The cut and cross-sectioned pieces of the boat were installed as wall sculpture. The hotel rooms, like the one above, are outfitted with custom designed silk print wallpaper and eclectic and whimsical collections of artifacts and furniture that evoke the old Shanghai. The canopy bed was inspired by traditional Chinese wedding beds.