Design concept: Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

by | 19 Feb 2021 | Design, Design Concept

A TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, we take a closer look at this magnificent Bulgari hotel, showcasing the work of high-profile names like Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Kaldewei.

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai combines Italian art de vivre and Chinese influences across a 48-storey tower and the city’s restored Chamber of Commerce.

Heritage meets contemporary design

Bulgari launched the ambitious Bulgari Hotel Shanghai in July 2018, the latest in a string of extraordinary branded properties from Milan to Dubai. Just like these previous openings, the Shanghai scheme was designed by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.

This impressive property, part of the city’s Suhe Creek regeneration project, occupies the 1916-built Chamber of Commerce building and part of a modern 48-storey tower. The neoclassical renaissance architecture of the historic building has been completely restored, and the area it lies within has been bordered by private Italian-style gardens, which are hidden from view from the outside.

Shanghai-inspired Italian interiors

Located within the top eight floors of the tower, the hotel’s 63 rooms and 19 spacious suites command views over the city’s famous Bund waterfront and the Pudong financial district. Each of these rooms, which range from 50 to 400 sq m, reflects the Bulgari lifestyle through eye-catching design.

Here, interiors embodying Italian comfort and refinement are furnished with contemporary and bespoke furniture, crafted by high-end Italian brands using luxurious materials such as Tuscan Calacatta marble, bronze and polished teak. The opulent bathrooms, meanwhile, have been supplied by Kaldewei.

Guest accommodation is complemented by lavish shared facilities, including six gourmet restaurants, such as the glamorous Il Ristorante by chef Niko Romito, which provides panoramic views from its position on the 47th floor, and the serene 2,000 sq m Bulgari Spa with its 25-metre indoor pool. Last but not least, a personal shopping service can arrange private showings of Bulgari jewellery, adding another memorable layer to the overall experience.

For more info about this scheme, and to view an extensive gallery of hi-res images, check out the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai project page on the TOPHOTELDESIGN website.

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ACPV is an Italian cross-disciplinary practice founded by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, working in the fields of architectural, interior and urban design.


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