FULL HOUSE: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT SHANGHAI’S THE MIDDLE HOUSE
The wait is over: in the last few weeks the superlative Swire Hotels have announced the latest house hotel in their collection, The Middle House in Shanghai. Set to open at the end of 2017, here’s what we know so far…
Adding to the trio of award-winning, intimate hotels that currently make up Swire’s House Collective in Asia – The Upper House in Hong Kong (designed by architect Andre Fu), The Opposite House in Beijing (designed by architect Kengo Kuma) and The Temple House in Chengdu (designed by Make Architects) – The Middle House is also on course to top them all.
Each of the hotels is completely unique and has its own personality. The name of The Middle House is reported to come as a nod to its location; it’ll call Dazhongli, one of Shanghai’s central and historic districts, home, and is just a short hop from the vibrant Nanjing Road.
The architects behind the project are the Milanese Lissoni Associati (founded by Piero Lissoni) and Wong and Ouyang, who have worked on everything from the East Pacific International Centre to the Shangri-La. Piero Lissoni himself has been appointed to work his magic on the interiors (including 111 rooms and 102 serviced apartments). The space will be filled with outdoor areas and terraces making the most of the cracking views of Shanghai’s skyline.
Already tucking the wildly successful restaurant Café Gray Deluxe at the Upper House under his belt, New York-based chef Gray Kunz will put together an international menu with plenty of influences from the hotel’s Shanghai roots.
Knowing first-hand the out-of-this-world quality of Swire’s current trio of House Collection hotels, this is one opening we’re waiting on with bated breath.