Shanghai’s redeveloped architectures

Where: Shanghai

Lead by this new trend of buildings’ requalification in Shanghai, we have picked the most peculiar locations that share an interesting background and an outstanding renovation design. Some of them are hidden gems close to public, some are boutique hotels, some others are cool museums or restaurants. This journey will lead you to the best architecture of this kind in Shanghai.


Long museum, West Bund: an area that was used as a wharf for the transportation of the coal. Now is masterly re-designed by Atelier Deshaus
The Waterhouse at South Bund: previously built in the 30’s as a Japanese headquarter, now it hosts a 19 rooms boutique hotel designed by Neri&Hu studio
The Design Republic Commune: under the same roof, a restaurant by Jason Atherton and a design furniture store take the place of an old police station
Tea House: secretly nestled inside the courtyard of Archi-Union offices, this non-conventional tea house extends on two floors. It was designed and built using recycled materials
The Power Station of Art: previously known as Nanshi power station (1985), now it hosts Shanghai Biennale
1993: this renovated slaughterhouse now is a mixed-use building that hosts design stores, art galleries and creative studios
Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art museum: after 2010’s Expo, two pavilions have been converted in museums. This was the previous French-pavilion, now contemporary art museum