Conrad unveils new Shanghai hotel

Conrad has unveiled a luxury new property in Shanghai that will open at the end of this year.

Situated at the gateway to Xintiandi, Shanghai’s vibrant and pulsating entertainment hub, the 24-storey tower is distinguished by its window wall patterns in Chinese granite, based on traditional Chinese latticework from the Han Dynasty, the most prosperous period in China’s history.  The result is very contemporary but unmistakably Chinese.The architect, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates of New York, has paid close attention to the street level, designing a series of low rise podiums which sensitively integrate the hotel into the architectural fabric of Xintiandi.

Paul Katz, Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates says: “Our aim for the Conrad Shanghai was to design a property which advanced the city’s new role as a global hub of commerce and culture, while echoing the vibrancy and prosperity of the Han Dynasty.”

“We also wanted to ensure that the hotel related well to the largely low-rise architecture of the surrounding Xintiandi area.  Xintiandi is a stunning example of restored traditional Chinese architecture and we wanted the Conrad Shanghai to honour this masterpiece of architectural expression.”

The Han Dynasty was known for its beautiful jade and bronze as well as Chinese lacquer ware and intricate silk embroidery. The Conrad Shanghai’s interiors will be exceptionally contemporary but draw on the materials and patterns that were a feature of the Han Dynasty.