Who knew military buildings made good hotels? Architects NHDRO proved this to be true when they converted disused Japanese army headquarters in the South Bund District of Shanghai into a luxury hotel. The Waterhouse Hotel features exposed concrete and brickwork, staying true to the structure’s previous function and resonating with the industrial past of the docks it borders, while clearly contrasting old and new.
The architects added a Corten steel extension to the roof, new circulation and narrow interior windows, surprisingly allowing glimpses into private rooms. Apart from the beautifully raw architectural fabric, the building offers views onto the the neighbouring Huangpu River and the breathtaking Pudong skyline. Images by Pedro Pegenaute.