The Waterhouse at South Bund

The Waterhouse at South Bund

Located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, the Waterhouse is a four-story, 19-room boutique hotel built into an existing three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930’s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and looks across at the gleaming Pudong skyline.

The architectural concept behind Neri&Hu’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new. The original concrete building has been restored while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel, reflecting the industrial past of this working dock by the Huangpu River. Neri&Hu’s structural addition, on the fourth floor, resonates with the industrial nature of the ships which pass through the river, providing an analogous contextual link to both history and local culture.

Helmut Newton’s photographs, controversial to some, expose the voyeuristic and exhibitionist tendencies that we all harbor to some extent. The notions of seeing and being seen, the psychology of seeing and desiring, is something we are constantly exploring in our projects.
Abstraction of Helmut Newton’s, Roselyne at Arcangues, 1975.

Neri&Hu was also responsible for the design of the hotel’s interior, which is expressed through both a blurring and inversion of the interior and exterior, as well as between the public and private realms, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for the hotel guest who longs for an unique five-star hospitality experience.

The public spaces allow one to peek into private rooms while the private spaces invite one to look out at the public arenas, such as the large vertical room window above the reception desk and the corridor windows overlooking the dining room. These visual connections of unexpected spaces not only bring an element of surprise, but also force the hotel guests to confront the local Shanghai urban condition where visual corridors and adjacencies in tight nong-tang’s define the unique spatial flavour of the city.

Helmut Newton’s photographs, controversial to some, expose the voyeuristic and exhibitionist tendencies that we all harbor to some extent. The notions of seeing and being seen, the psychology of seeing and desiring, is something we are constantly exploring in our projects.
Abstraction of Helmut Newton’s, Roselyne at Arcangues, 1975.

Gross Area
2,800 m²

Status
Complete

Completion Date
May 2010

Duration
May 2008 – May 2010

Address
No. 1-3 Maojiayuan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

2018
The Michelin Guide Shanghai 2018 The Waterhouse at South Bund, Recommended Hotel
2017
China Premium Traveler Approved Award 2017-2018, by Premium TravelerThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Boutique Hotel in Greater China
Metropolitan Hotel Awards 2017, by Metropolitan magazine The Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Design Hotel
Global Gourmet 2017 Wine & Beverage Service Excellence Competition, by Global Gourmet The Waterhouse at South Bund, Service Excellence Award
The City of Paradise 2017-2018: City Traveler Best Hotel Awards, by City Traveler China The Waterhouse at South Bund, The Best Boutique Hotel Award, Winner
Timeout Love Shanghai Awards 2017, by Time Out Shanghai, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Boutique Hotel of The Year
2016
AZ Awards 2016, by AZURE Magazine, CanadaThe Waterhouse at South Bund, People's Choice Awards, Finalist
2015
Best of Shanghai Awards 2015, by Time Out Shanghai, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Best of Boutique Hotel in Shanghai Category, Reader's Choice
2014
Far Eastern Architectural Design Award, TaiwanThe Waterhouse at South Bund, First Prize, Outstanding Award
Best of Shanghai Awards 2014 by Time Out Shanghai, ChinaThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Hotels – Luxury Hotels category, Winner
2013
The Best Design Hotel 2013 by Travel & Leisure magazine The Waterhouse at South Bund, Winner
The 2013 China’s 50 Excellent Dining Venues Award by New Western Cuisine,Shanghai, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Winner
2012
Good Design is Good Business China Awards 2012, by Architectural Record Magazine, USAThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Commercial Projects Category, Honour Award
CIDA China Interior Design Award, by China National Interior Decoration Association The Waterhouse at South Bund, Public Space Category, Winner
Shanghai Restaurant Week 2012, by DiningCity, Shanghai, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Popular Restaurant, Winner
2011
Travel + Leisure Design Awards for Best Restaurant The Waterhouse at South Bund, Winner
Inside Awards 2011, by Inside Festival, Barcelona, SpainThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Hotels Category, Winner
Inside Awards 2011, by Inside Festival, Barcelona, SpainThe Waterhouse at South Bund, World Interior of The Year 2011
China Best Design Hotels, by The Bund, Shanghai, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Architecture Preservation and Renovation category
Best Design of Preservation and Reconstruction by The Bund MagazineThe Waterhouse at South Bund
City Weekend Shanghai Best European Editor’s PickThe Waterhouse at South Bund
City Weekend Shanghai Best NewcomerThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Honorable Mention
2010
2010 Asia Pacific Interior Design Biennial Awards, by AI Awards, Shanghai, ChinaThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Nomination of Best Hotel Space Design Award
AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2010,by Architectural Review Magazine , London, UKThe Waterhouse at South Bund, One of The Three Winners
Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2010, by Hong Kong Interior Design Association, Hong Kong, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Public Space category, Bronze Prize
Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2010, by Hong Kong Interior Design Association, Hong Kong, ChinaThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Hotel Space category,Gold Prize
Best Of Year Award 2010, by Interior Design Magazine, New York, USA The Waterhouse at South Bund, Hospitality:Hotel category,Winner
Contractworld Awards 2011, by Deutsche Messe, Hannover, GermanyThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Conversion category, Prize winner
Design for Asia (DFA) Award 2010, by Hong Kong Design Center, Hong Kong, China The Waterhouse at South Bund, Hospitality and Leisure - Environment Design category, Bronze Award
Gold Key Awards 2010, by Interior Design & Hotels Magazine, New York, USA The Waterhouse at South Bund, Best Hotel Design. Urban category, Winner
Perspective Awards 2010, by Perspective Magazine, Hong Kong, ChinaThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Architecture - Commercial,Retail or Office category, Certificate of Excellence
Perspective Awards 2010, by Perspective Magazine, Hong Kong, ChinaThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Interior Design - Hotel category, Certificate of Excellence
Taiwan Interior Design 2010, by Chinese Society of Interior Designers, TaiwanThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Commercial Space, Category Gold Winner
World Architecture Festival 2010, by The Architectural Review Magazine, London, UKThe Waterhouse at South Bund, New and Old category, Shortlisted
World Architecture News Interiors+Design Awards 2010, by worldarchitecturenews.com, London, UKThe Waterhouse at South Bund, Interior+Design, Winner
Time Out Shanghai Best New Restaurant, by Time Out Shanghai, China The Waterhouse at South Bund