At first glance, I thought the Waterhouse was just another cool, minimalist hotel which abound in Shanghai. But when I looked a little closer, I saw how wrong I was.

It is a completely modern hotel but it retains all the character of the 1930’s building that houses it.

In fact, I almost walked right by it because its rough and tumble exterior doesn’t look anything like the sleek or grand entrances of most hotels.

It’s all about the old and new here. The existing concrete building was restored, an additional floor built on top and the interior furnished with mostly Scandinavian classics by Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner and others.

In a city that has seen so much new construction, the Waterhouse is a pretty special spot and I’d love to see more hotels like it.

My trip is going great so far. Having done all the tourist things on prior trips, I’m mostly visiting galleries and checking out a few new areas. I’ll share design notes from them soon. And here’s an interesting/kind of freaky thing that’s happening: I can’t access Twitter or Facebook here. I think I knew that about Twitter but not about Facebook. The one thing I can do is post photos on Instagram, which can then be shared on Twitter and Facebook. These days, because we’re all so connected, I sometimes forget where I am when I’m traveling. But this is a pretty strong reminder!

(Photos: The Waterhouse)




What an interesting place. I love the unfinished looking concrete walls and the view from the roof is lovely x


that is one awesome hotel! I love a place that can teach you not to judge by appearances. Must have taken extreme loads of self-control not to remodel the exterior. :-) thanks for sharing!


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