HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates, designers of the
prestigious new Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, are set to revive a
second landmark heritage property on the city’s iconic Bund waterfront.
The successful hospitality design
consultancy has been appointed by Hilton Hotels Corporation to
transform the former Shanghai Club at No. 2 The Bund into the
Waldorf Astoria On The Bund Shanghai.
Set to open in 2011, the Waldorf
Astoria On The Bund Shanghai will be the first hotel in
Asia for Hilton’s prestigious luxury brand.
HBA Principal, Ian Carr, said, “Restoring or converting
these properties, such as is the quest for the Waldorf Astoria in
Shanghai is a true labor of love for the design team, the ultimate
challenge of taking the historical context and adding the
up-to-date convenience and style of current expectations. The
hotel, when completed, will become a bellwether property for this
high-end emerging brand.”
The exquisite English Renaissance
style building was constructed in 1911 and opened as the
now-legendary Shanghai Club. Throughout the city’s 1920s and ‘30s
Pearl of the Orient heyday, it was Shanghai’s most exclusive
gentleman’s club, filled with decadent delights like bowling
alleys, restaurants, an oyster bar, games rooms, a barber’s shop
and two wine cellars. One of the highlights was its celebrated
Long Bar – which at 110 feet was once the longest bar in the
Still one of the finest architectural gems along
Shanghai’s waterfront promenade, the whitewashed façade is adorned
with Palladium columns, intricate gables and a pair of sculpted
rooftop cupolas. The interiors – including the original Sicilian
marble columns and stained glass imported from Birmingham, England
– will be painstakingly restored through extensive use of archived
photographs and records.
HBA’s renovation of this historic
pleasure palace will continue the Shanghai Club’s legacy of
refined indulgence, while equipping the building with the luxury
amenities demanded by today’s discerning traveller. The new hotel
will comprise 266 rooms across two buildings. The charming
heritage building will be connected via a courtyard to a modern
tower bordered by Sichuan Road. HBA’s design will encompass both
buildings, including all the guestrooms, four restaurants, two
bars, a patisserie, lobby lounge, extensive banqueting facilities,
a swimming pool, health club and spa.
The Waldorf Astoria
brand builds on the traditions established by the original Waldorf
Astoria in New York, defining the ultimate in hospitality luxury
and encapsulating the core values of being legendary, timeless and
cultured. Hilton Hotels Corporation is developing Waldorf Astoria
hotels and residences in key cities around the world, including
Florida (2009), Sarasota (2010), Shanghai (2011), Montreal (2011),
Beverly Hills (2011) and Philadelphia (2012).
Astoria On The Bund will revive a much-loved Shanghai institution.
Like its cherished predecessor, the Shanghai Club, it will capture
the spirit of 1930s Shanghai and become a bastion of civility and
style for the refined modern traveller.
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