The Water House

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The Water House (full name: The Water House at South Bund) (Chinese: 精品酒店; pinyin: Jīngpǐn Jiǔdiàn) is a hotel housed in an old Japanese-style building of the 1930s built on the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. Formerly the headquarters of the Japanese army during World War II, it was later used as a warehouse. The Water House at South Bund was the first top fashion design hotel in Shanghai.

Design Concept

The 19-bedroom hotel's overall design goals were to fully blend inside and outside space and focus on public areas and private space coordination.

Architectural features

The appearance of the Water House deliberately retains the original appearance of the building and the internal courtyard created new original style of window.


The Water House has a large collection of classic furniture with the hotel management and the designer selecting items from well known designers. These include Finn Juhl, "Danish Modern" style designer Arne Jacobsen, Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner, Milan designer Antonio Citterio and Kana Ishikawa, the Japanese designer who designed the noted Yohji Yamamoto boutique.

Interior design

Title: The Water House at South Bund (水舍 - 南外滩精品酒店) Design team: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office Chief designers: Guo Xien, Hu Rushan Collaborative designers: Debby Haepers, Dagmar Niecke, Max, Cai Chunyan, He Luomei Architectural forms: Commercial space The main building materials: Log, Weathering steel, Copper, Glass Location: Maojiayuan Road NO.1-3, Zhongshang Road South, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200011
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