Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel

Interior Architecture Award Submission

The Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel is a western operated hotel reflecting the history of a city where western influences mix with eastern culture. The hotel is warm and welcoming, service is oriented to the patronís experience, and the design tells a subtle cultural story. The traditional experience of being welcomed into a Chinese palace is figuratively recreated.

Shanghai is the cultural gateway to China with shipping ports, and important maritime location. It has been a city of territorial battles between different factions for its ports and commerce. East-west influences have shaped the cityís history. The Chinese culture remains strong, but unique to Shanghai.

The interior design drew inspiration from the maritime tradition of trade and the stormy windblown character of relationships between China and the West. The finicky nature of wind and current also influenced the design.

The hotel caters to business between east and west as well as traditional special events within Chinese culture. It reflects the organic swirling nature of maritime currents and the stormy nature of winds that flow and change. The hotel design is a mixture of strong forces combined with calm eddies to create a relaxing atmosphere.

VOA Associates Incorporated
Associate Architect
VOA Associates Incorporated, INTERIORS
Renaissance Shanghai
General contractor
Shanghai Kangye Construction Decoration Co., Ltd
Shanghai, Putuo District