Owner: Luneng Hotels Management
Concept/Programming/Creative Direction: Ian Schrager
Management: Marriott International
Restaurant concept: Executive Chef Jason Atherton
Interior design: Neri & Hu
Lighting design: Eric Schmitt
Graphic design: Baron & Baron
Uniform program: Freddie Lieba
Photo credits: Nikolas Koenig
Also defined by Ian Schrager as ‘a small city in the city,’ the Shanghai EDITION is a true oasis of comfort in one of the world’s most populous places. Fine dining, leisure time, work, relaxation, meeting points, all under the same roof.
Located on the lively East Nanjing Road by the Bund in Shanghai, the EDITION Hotel project has firm roots in the city’s past and its cultural heritage, but with an eye on contemporary trends. The location on the tree-lined avenue facing the Huang Pu River is an Art Deco building from 1929, one of the most beautiful in the city, formerly the headquarters of the Shanghai Power Company. The main lobby leads to the Shanghai Tavern of chef Jason Atherton, a spa, the Electric Circus nightclub and a roof garden. A nearby postmodern tower offers 145 rooms and suites, the new HIYA Japanese restaurant of Jason Atherton on the 27th floor, and the Punch Room with a rooftop for a fine view of the whole city.
The project by Neri & Hu, in perfect tune with Ian Schrager’s approach (he has created the EDITION brand in partnership with Marriott International), provides a trip through the history of Shanghai, with elements that embody the past, present and future. The main hall is lit by a light sphere specially designed by Eric Schmit and delicately held in place by a metal structure. The space is majestic, not just because of the height of almost 10 meters, but also thanks to the warm walnut paneling covering the whole ceiling.
The same wood returns in the reception area on the other side of the building, with a lower ceiling (4.4 meters) to offer a sense of intimacy, as well as a large work zone and the possibility of storing valuables.
A transitional space has been created between the historic
building and the tower, known as the Urban Lobby, 21 meters high, with a lush garden suspended from the ceiling and an entire wall covered by a 7-story antique-finish mirror.
“A small city in the city.”
Carefully selected fabrics, bedding by Anichini, walls and floors clad in pale oak, white marble in the bathrooms: every detail in the 145 rooms has been formulated for the comfort of travelers, who are welcomed into a warm, domestic atmosphere, with large windows through which to watch the Bund. At the top of the tower a helical aged bronze staircase connects to the HIYA Japanese restaurant, the Punch Room and the terrace on the 29th floor. The spiral motif is a signature that is often repeated in the EDITION properties, also seen in New York, Miami and Barcelona.