Mandarin Oriental Pudong: Shanghai's artful masterpiece

by Hannah Grogan on Aug 28, 2018 in Interiors , Lifestyle
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The waterside location of Mandarin Oriental Pudong and timeless interiors create the perfect match for those looking for the ultimate in luxury on their next trip to Shanghai 

The Mandarin Oriental Pudong is not a new addition to Shanghai’s hotel offerings. Opened in 2013, the hotel has well and truly established itself as a masterpiece of luxury along the Pudong waterfront. Offering both a 362- room hotel and 210 fully serviced executive apartments, it comes as an option for visitors to the city and also long stay guests.

The hotel's 318 hotel rooms and 44 suites were designed by architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, the co-founder of firm Arquitectonica. Starting at 50 square metres, all rooms feature original artworks and sweeping views over either the Huangpu River, the Bund or the Shanghai skyline. MOPUD EXTERIOR MARINA DUSK 11Additional facilities at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong include a fitness and wellness centre equipped with a Kinesis wall and Maya Fit virtual trainers. There’s also a 25-metre indoor swimming pool; and a thermal bathing facility – which feels like an oriental take on a traditional Roman baths. MOPUD FITNESS & WELLNESS 05Mandarin Oriental Pudong – Art and interior design

The modern design was inspired by oriental culture as well as the hotel's waterfront location. It is also home to the most extensive hotel collection of Chinese contemporary art in Shanghai. A total of 4,000 original artworks are on display throughout the hotel's public spaces and rooms, more than half which were bespoke commissions by local Chinese artists. 

The impressive collection, curated by the renowned Art Front Gallery, showcases 50 world-renowned artists, including 18 highly prized contemporary artists from China. More than 3,500 pieces are bespoke commissions for the hotel. In terms of interior design, the hotel's major public areas were completed by Jiang & Associates Interior Design Co., Ltd, as well as Hong Kong-based firm BUZ Design.

A total of 4,000 original artworks are on display throughout the hotel's public spaces and guest rooms

The impressive lobby features customised Chinese screens, sculptured furnishings and warm bronze tones inspired by the glint of sunset on the river. Glamour has been added by a large-scale artwork by Miao Tong that which stretches across the entire lobby, depicting an ancient forest scene through colourful mosaic glass tiles. MOPUD HOTEL LOBBY 03For the guest rooms, understated natural colours, contemporary materials and artworks have been used to create a distinctive oriental ambience. In addition, locally inspired design motifs reflect the movement of the Huangpu River waters, Shanghai's futuristic skyline, carved Chinese window frames and the silhouettes of Shanghai's plane trees. 

The restaurants and The Mandarin Cake Shop are designed by dash design and Brandimage of New York and Hong Kong. Each restaurant features a vibrant, interactive dining experience with open chef kitchens. Making the most of the peaceful waterfront location, all venues also step out to alfresco dining terraces or a sunken garden. 

MOPUD HOTEL ROOMS - MANDARIN RIVER VIEW ROOM BATHROOM 02MOPUD HOTEL ROOMS - MANDARIN RIVER VIEW ROOM BEDROOM 01The Mandarin Cake Shop features a French artisan's kitchen leading through to the Art Deco styled Fifty8° Grill. Chinese restaurant Yong Yi Ting presents a dazzling contemporary take on traditional Oriental design rendered in granite, glass and chrome. A canopy of white porcelain lanterns makes for an impressive entrance. Created by BUZ Design from Hong Kong, Qi Bar is wrapped in intricate latticework and features a snakeskin upholstered bar and circular crystal chandelier. 

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai designed by BUZ Design from Hong Kong, it takes the butterfly as its muse. A symbol of beauty and metamorphosis in Chinese culture, the form of the butterfly is artistically rendered throughout The Spa. Sculptures and ceramic installations by Chinese artists Kang Qin, Shi Hai and Zhou Wu combine with natural oak, raw stone and mother of pearl, creating an elegant ambience of wellness and rejuvenation. 


Shanghai Qi Bar outdoor terrace

Shanghai Qi Bar outdoor terrace

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