The Middle House

Shanghai / China / 2018

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The Middle House is the fourth House under Swire Hotels’ award-winning The House Collective, part of the mixed-use Dazhongli development in the Jing’an district. Located in the heart of Shanghai’s popular commercial district and in close proximity to the city’s fashionable Nanjing Road, The Middle House continues the company’s philosophy of intimate luxury, delivered with highly-personalized service. The hotel will offer many unique features with an abundance of outdoor spaces and terraces, providing an elegant and calm oasis amidst the dynamic backdrop of one of Asia’s most sophisticated cities.


The work of Piero Lissoni and Lissoni Architettura includes the façade concept and the interior design of all public spaces, guestrooms and mid-stay apartments of two tower buildings originally constructed by architects Wong and Ouyang: the Middle House Hotel with 111 rooms, restaurants, events space, swimming pools and spa, and the Middle House Residences with 102 serviced apartments comprising studios as well as one and two bedroom units.


The façade system is conceived as an array of rounded aluminum louvers, which provide shade and privacy to guestrooms and a vibrant, textured finish to the carefully positioned wall cladding, so distinguishing the two buildings within the context of the surrounding commercial towers.


The Middle House Hotel
The idea behind the interior design of the lobby is based on a combination of different ex­pressive forms. Stylistic features that are typical of the history and culture of local crafts are placed in relation to contemporary elements to generate an attractive spatial equilibrium. The mix of oriental elements, such as green bamboo walls, all handmade, using real bamboo to copy the shape on ceramic glaze panel, is elegantly balanced with contemporary furniture and the addition of art pieces, where ceramic sculptures placed in the wooden niches appear as museum pieces, adding a special touch. A question of rhythm, based on an astute use of contrasts: style, material and color. The goal is to create spaces for calm luxury and simple elegance, all studied down to the last detail.


The hotel rooms are furnished with a combination of contemporary design ele­ments, custom made pieces and some modern reinterpretations of tradi­tional Asian furniture. Various accessories lend a domestic feel to the space. Each room benefits from ample city views, while the use of semi-transparent partitions preserves the sense of space and light that is enhanced by luminescent elements, such as backlit walls and glazed screens for the bathrooms. The bed headboard and the living area bench system become part of the architectural arrangement – the former attached to the walk-in closet wall, the latter spanning wall to wall in the window area. Oriental-style nightstands and contemporary table lamps provide a warm accent, while examples of Chinese art add a local touch.


The restaurant Café Gray Deluxe, with New York-based chef Gray Kunz, will showcase Chef Gray’s unique style of international cuisine amidst Lissoni’s stylish interiors and stunning terraces.


 


The Middle House Residences
Superbly comfortable and welcoming rooms are divided into different areas by semi-transparent partitions, creating the effect of a large open space. Finely carved sliding wood panels, featuring typical Chinese texture design, form a gentle barrier between the bedroom and the living area. The dominant colors are warm white used for the walls, and dark brown chosen for the brushed bamboo parquet and the ceramic floor of the bathroom. Contemporary furnishings are mixed with items from the local tradition, while some accents of color appear on the furniture and the objets trouvés. 


The Spa and Fitness Centre
In order to create a truly rewarding experience, the vast 2400sqm wellness area, located at the basement floor, has been conceived as a unique space, which connects both Hotel and Serviced Apartments arrival points. Where possible, the space has been shaped to create large perspectives with iconic architectural elements: the skylight garden, backlit organic volumes, water features and full-height ceramic louvers.


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Il progetto firmato da Piero Lissoni e Lissoni Architettura comprende il concept della facciata e gli interni di tutti gli spazi comuni, delle camere e degli appartamenti delle due torri sulla base del progetto dello Studio di architettura Wong e Ouyang.


L'Hotel è composto da: 111 camere, ristorante e annesse sale ristorante private, bar, terrazze, spazio eventi e suite presidenziale.


L’altra torre comprende invece: 102 appartamenti divisi in monolocali, bi e trilocali e 2 ristoranti.


Le schermature verticali in alluminio a sezione circolare caratterizzano la facciata, assicurando ombra e privacy alle camere e distinguendo i due edifici dalle torri circostanti destinate invece a usi commerciali.


Il progetto di interni miscela linguaggi e forme espressive differenti: caratteristiche tipiche della storia e della cultura dell'artigianato cinese vengono messe in relazione con elementi contemporanei per generare un sofisticato equilibrio all’interno degli spazi.


Un mix di elementi orientali - tra cui le pareti con ceramiche realizzate a mano che reinterpretano astraendolo il bambù - è elegantemente bilanciato ad arredi contemporanei. Inoltre le opere d'arte collocate nelle nicchie in legno come fossero pezzi da museo, aggiungono un tocco originale e unico. Un ritmo definito da un accostamento sapiente di contrasti studiato nei minimi dettagli con l’obiettivo di realizzare ambienti ricercati ed eleganti.


Le camere dell'hotel
Le camere sono arredate con una combinazione di elementi di design contemporaneo, pezzi su misura e alcune reinterpretazioni di mobili asiatici tradizionali. Gli accessori conferiscono un'atmosfera domestica all’ambiente. Ogni camera ha un’ampia vista sulla città. L'uso di partizioni semitrasparenti preserva il senso dello spazio e della luce che viene esaltato da elementi luminescenti, come pareti retroilluminate e divisori vetrati per i bagni. Comodini in stile orientale, lampade da tavolo contemporanee e alcuni pezzi di artisti contemporanei cinese generano uno spazio accogliente e confortevole.


Gli appartamenti
Gli appartamenti sono concepiti come ampi spazi aperti separati da partizioni semitrasparenti. Pannelli scorrevoli in legno finemente intagliato, caratterizzati da un tipico pattern cinese, costituiscono un delicato filtro tra la camera da letto e la zona giorno. I colori dominanti sono il bianco caldo, per le pareti, e il marrone scuro, scelto per il parquet di bambù spazzolato e il pavimento in ceramica del bagno. Gli arredi contemporanei sono accostati ad elementi della tradizione locale, alcuni accenti di colore sono dati da mobili objets trouvés.


Spa e Fitness Centre
La vasta area benessere di 2400 m², situata al piano seminterrato, è stata concepita come uno spazio unico, che collega i punti di arrivo dell’hotel e del residence. Lo spazio è stato modellato al fine di generare grandi prospettive con elementi architettonici: lucernari, volumi organici retroilluminati, giochi d'acqua e schermature verticali in ceramica a tutta altezza.

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    The Middle House is the fourth House under Swire Hotels’ award-winning The House Collective, part of the mixed-use Dazhongli development in the Jing’an district. Located in the heart of Shanghai’s popular commercial district and in close proximity to the city’s fashionable Nanjing Road, The Middle House continues the company’s philosophy of intimate luxury, delivered with highly-personalized service. The hotel will offer many unique features with an abundance of...

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