Construction projects are grinding to a halt as financing runs dry elsewhere in the world, but in China’s biggest city, they’re still going strong.
Today, Shanghai is scheduled to officially begin work on what will become its tallest skyscraper â€” a 2,073-foot building in the city’s Lujiazui financial center that will tower over the current highest building, the recently completed 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center.
Though China’s economy is slowing and exporters are feeling the pinch, the sinuous glass building, to be called the Shanghai Tower, is one of a slew of government-funded projects that authorities are using to stimulate growth and create jobs.
Two visionary hotel concepts, Zendai Hotel Yin – an ultra luxury, boutique-style “city retreat” and Zendai Art Hotel â€“ a 5-star business hotel, will open in Shanghaiâ€™s latest architectural masterpiece, the â€˜Himalayas Centreâ€™ which is due to open in Pudong in spring 2010, in time for the Shanghai World Expo.
The Himalayas Centre is located opposite to Shanghaiâ€™s New International Expo Centre and just 15 minutes from the cityâ€™s main financial district in Pudong.
Behind the design of the mixed-use development, located opposite the New International Expo Centre, is Arata Isozaki, renowned for his work on the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art
Designed by one of the worldâ€™s leading architects, Arata Isozaki who is renowned for his work on the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, the Himalayas Centre is being hailed by developers, the Zendai Group, as an “archisculptural icon for 21st century China”.
The Himalayas Centre will incorporate the Daguan Theatre with multi-functional auditorium seating 1,600, the Himalayas Mall and Himalayas Creative Complex / Museum Zone, as well as the two luxury hotels.
As we reported two weeks ago, the highly anticipated KEE Shanghai â€“ the first overseas branch of the famous Hong Kong private members club that counts celebrities and royalty among its habituees – has now opened its doors to Shanghai society.
Elegantly located behind the grand stone entrance and cast iron gates of 796 Huai Hai Rd, past a beautifully cultivated garden, KEE Shanghai discreetly resides in the striking 1920s heritage maison Twin Villas.
A location it shares with the Richemont Shanghai headquarters, sitting above the flagship stores for China of distinguished brands such as Alfred Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin.
The Super Sense Spa, designed by architecture and design studio KUU, a 3-level spa in Shanghai completed in late 2007.
An additional floor in steel was added and the staircase leading up lands at several platforms which are for the spaâ€™s complementary purposes such as consultation, beauty treatment, manicure or pedicure.
I am amazed at the way the designer play with the form and function of the wall that creates lighting, niches and even form spaces. Absolutely uplifting and delightful !
One of my favourite place in Hong Kong, KEE Club, is a members only club which has been around circa 2001 and it’s still going strong. When Kee first opened, Paparazzi would be permanently stationed outside of it’s Kee’s doors as VIP celebs, starlets and hong kong socialites would always be there.
Today many people consider Kee to be their favorite club because it has the atmosphere of a private house party. The crowd is eclectic and glamourous.
There are celebrities, old money, new money, young trendies, older sophisticates, models, fashion people, Eurotrash, guys in suits, glam gals. It’s the only member’s only club that really feels like a “club”. It’s easy to socialize without pretensions.
Shanghai is now the proud host of the highest hotel in the world !
Park Hyatt Shanghai is a sophisticated modern Chinese residence occupying the 79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), otherwise known as “The Vertical Complex City”.
Situated in the heart of the Lujiazui business district in Pudong, the 492-metre SWFC, with its 101-storeys, will be one of the tallest buildings in the world, making Park Hyatt Shanghai the highest hotel in the world.
It is due to open in Autumn 2008. If you ever visit the hotel, make sure to stop by Cloud 9, a stunning bar located on the 87th floor that provides loungers with spectacular views of the skyline.
Louis Vuitton is always bringing new innovative ideas to the luxury goods market : starting on June 16th for $17 you can experience â€œitâ€™s most affordable travel-themed product yetâ€.
The French luxury giant has created MP3 audio guides for three Chinese cities, with one-hour walking tours narrated by famous actresses: Gong Li for Beijing, Joan Chen for Shanghai and Shu Qi for Hong Kong.
The audio guides were produced in collaboration with Soundwalk and will be launched in tandem with the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.
You will be able to download the audio guides at louisvuitton.com and louisvuittonsoundwalk.com.
Via stylefrizz / nitrolicious
The Morgan Plaza is a super-luxury 7 star hotel under construction in Beijing, China. Although it was set to be finished last monthâ€™s, there has been no official confirmation of it completion yet but it definitely going to be completed in time for the Beijing Olympics.
When completed it is rumoured to be possibly more luxurious than the Burj Al Arab and has been considered to be the official landmark of China, still in competition with the Shanghai World Financial Center.
The plaza will contain two pavilions, a temple, the worldâ€™s best Japanese restaurant and a 600 meter long corridor – Overseaspropertymall.