Hi, guys, how was your weekend? I wandered all over Shanghai and ended the day yesterday taking a walk along the Bund. That’s the stretch along the river that you see in all the postcards with all the beautiful Art Deco buildings.
On my walk I saw a sign on one of the buildings that read Swatch Art Peace Hotel. I was kind of confused because it’s right next door to the landmark Peace Hotel.
So I did a little research and it turns out that it has nothing to do with the original Peace Hotel, rather it is a new design hotel with something really unique going on inside.
Aside from the hotel, boutiques and restaurants, it offers an artist residency program in which artists from around the world are invited to live in workshop-apartments within the hotel.
At the end of their residency, the artists donate one of their works which the hotel then exhibits in its gallery.
Check out these digs for the visiting artists:
Can you imagine being invited to live there and do nothing but make art? What an unbelievable opportunity!
As you can guess from the name, the hotel is a project of the Swatch watch company and here’s what they have to say about the program:
This exciting project is based on a shared love of the universal nature of the arts in all their forms and a desire to promote cross cultural exchanges so as to enrich personal experience and creativity.
So. Freaking. Cool. What a great concept and so beautifully designed too.
Discovering things like this is one of the many reasons I love to travel.