The Waterhouse hotel by Neri&H was awarded with this year’s World Interior of the Year award for encouraging notions of old and new, inside and outside, public and private.
The Shanghai based architects of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office have been awarded with this year’s World Interior Award of the Year award at Inside: World Festival of Interiors in Barcelona for their Waterhouse Hotel at South Bund, Shanghai, China.
The Waterhouse is a boutique hotel located at the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund district of Shanghai, fronting the Huangpu River and looking across at the gleaming Pudong skyline. It is a four-story, 19-room hotel that was placed by the architects in a renovated former three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930’s.
The concept of Neri&Hu architects was to bring the contrast of old and new to an extreme. While the original concrete building was restored, the architects added an additional floor in Cor-Ten steel over the existing structure to reflect the industrial past of this working dock by the Huangpu River.
The Waterhouse hotel’s interior is expressed through a blurring and inversion of the interior and exterior, as well as between the public and private spaces: The visitor of the public spaces is allowed to peek into private rooms while the private spaces invite the hotel guest to look on to the public areas.
According to the jury the first prize went to Neri&Hu’s The Waterhouse hotel because the project demonstrated “its potential to influence a new respect for urban revitalisation; the future economic value of re-using the old, when skilfully executed; how to address the ethical dilemma.”
More information about the World Interior of the Year award and the Inside: World Festival of Interiors: