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Twelve at Hengshan

Designed by Mario Botta, this contemporary hotel in Shanghai takes references from nature and its neighbourhood.

Twelve at Hengshan

Designed by Mario Botta, this contemporary hotel in Shanghai takes references from nature and its neighbourhood.



BY

2 July, 2013


Designed by Italian architect Mario Botta, Twelve at Hengshan is a contemporary hotel that stands in contrast to the atmospheric lanes, cafes, boutiques, galleries and restored art deco buildings in the surrounding area.

Look a little closer, however, and you will discover that the facade is covered in terracotta tiles, the same material popularly found on many of the historic buildings in the neighbourhood.

Twelve at Hengshan

Guests arrive at Twelve at Hengshan’s large portico entrance via a semi-circular driveway.

Inside, the 171-room, five-storey hotel houses an elliptical internal courtyard with a Chinese-style ‘Secret Garden’.

Twelve at Hengshan

Large windows in the lobby and guestrooms look out onto the courtyard, allowing guests to take in the cherry blossoms, bamboo groves and streams. Over half of the garden-facing bedrooms also have private balconies.

Twelve at Hengshan

Twelve at Hengshan

The interiors were designed by New York-based hospitality design duo George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg (of Yabu Pushelberg studio) in a modern Chinoiserie style.

Twelve at Hengshan

Twelve at Hengshan

In contrast to the architecture, the hotel’s interior is punctuated throughout with garden motifs – from the carpets to the wallpaper and headboard screens imprinted with plane tree leaves similar to the ones found along Hengshan Road.

Twelve at Hengshan

The hotel’s restaurant, Twelve Hengshan, continues the garden theme with a hand painted mural depicting a traditional garden scene across the length of the main dining room.

Twelve at Hengshan

There are more than 13,993sqft of meeting and event spaces, including two ‘in-the-round’ boardrooms ringed in the same terracotta stone used to dress the facade.

Twelve at Hengshan

And for a view the Hengshan neighbourhood and the Shanghai city skyline in the distance, guests can head up to the wraparound rooftop terrace, which has private gazebos for dining and lounging.

Twelve at Hengshan

Mario Botta
botta.ch

Yabu Pushelberg
yabupushelberg.com


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