CORDIS SHANGHAI HONGQIAO
LTW pays tribute to Old Shanghai with their design for Cordis Shanghai, Hongqiao, the first property under Langham’s new brand in mainland China.
Located in the heart of Puxi’s commercial and transportation nucleus called “The Hub”, Cordis Shanghai, Hongqiao offers 396 luxurious guestrooms and suites, alongside stylish F&B outlets and banqueting venues.
A throwback to 1920’s Shanghai, vintage street scenes are subtly articulated in the design through contemporary expressions. Examples include the backlit display boxes in the bar showing Shanghainese street scenes from the early 20th Century, and elegant etched glass murals with stylized Chinese women and cherry blossoms.
The hotel lobby showcases commissioned artwork by Chinese sculptor Xie Aige, depicting five sculptures named “Ceramic Women” that portray female figures dressed in qipao or traditional one-piece Chinese dresses. Floating above the sculptures is a custom-designed chandelier, intricately laced to imitate falling rain drops. Together, these art pieces evoke a scene of daily life from a bygone era.
The hotel guestrooms exude a subtle yet sophisticated simplicity, in line with Cordis’s brand direction. Distinguished by a careful attention to detail, rooms and suites feature bespoke furniture and fittings in muted tones of white and grey for a cosy and intimate feel. Textured silk wall panels feature traditional Chinese motifs that signify good fortune, with clever accent details such as oversized persimmon qipao buttons.
C Market, the hotel’s all-day-dining outlet was designed to welcome natural daylight into the two-storey dining space with open live-action kitchens and a connecting outdoor terrace. In Ming Court, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, vintage Shanghainese pin-up etchings along with bronzed metal and patterned glass screens create semi-private dining amidst a quiet yet upscale ambience that harks back to Shanghai’s Golden Age.
Photo credits: LTW