WeWork Beihai Lu is nestled in a turn of the century brick building; a former opium factory and artist residence. This building is surrounded by an old residential district in the heart of Shanghai.
Linehouse celebrated the grandeur of the building, encapsulating the feeling of a grand hotel, transporting guests and members on an unexpected journey of whimsy, voyeurism and festivity.
▼老建筑内的联合办公空间，the serviced office nestled in a historical building ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
▼建筑师捕捉到这个宏伟建筑中所蕴含的大酒店的氛围，Linehouse celebrated the grandeur of the building, encapsulating the feeling of a grand hotel ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Upon arrival guests pass through an old laneway, framed by a traditional Chinese arch. The lane walls are painted pink and the floor pink concrete. Above, lights are festively suspended between the laneway walls.
The existing site is a combination of a brick historical building with further industrial additions that have been made over the years. The reception is located in this in-between zone of the old and new. Linehouse played with this narrative in the design. The reception counter is clad in heritage wood paneling, surrounded by a concrete base. A bronze metal structure hangs lighting and creates leaners. Behind the reception, guests are greeted with a neon sign ‘Ring For Service’ contained in a cabinet of curiosities, painted in a light blue.
▼服务台具有历史的木质饰面和现代感的混凝土形成了新与旧的对比，the reception is located in this in-between zone of the old and new ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
The existing steel structure is painted ivy green, with a new black metal and black stained OSB handrail leaner wrapping the triple height space, allowing guests to be spectators to the activities below.
A green steel staircase weaves through the circulation space connecting all three levels of the front of house. This is clad in triangular pieces of oak wood, with one side painted in hues of blue. The colours alternate as you travel up the stair creating a gradient of tones, and shifting views from wood to blue.
▼绿色钢制楼梯将三层空间联系起来，a green steel staircase weaves through the circulation space ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
▼染色橡木栏杆呈现出渐变色调，the stained oak wood balustrade creating a gradient of tones ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
The staircase leads to the two pantry areas that play on the opium factory narrative, with large scale poppy wallpapers, hand painted in gold.
▼在二层餐厅的墙面，大片的手绘金色罂粟花提醒人们这里作为鸦片工厂的历史，on the pantry wall, large scale poppy wallpapers remind people of the historical past ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
The central atrium is surrounded by the heritage façade. A curved terrazzo tray was inserted to define the space, pastel diagonal strips in blue, green, pink and grey wrap the floor and wall, creating a hardscape carpet. A bronze structure is suspended above the terrazzo perimeter wall, hanging mirrors, artwork, shelving and lighting.
▼曲线形的水磨石矮墙将空间划分成不同区域，a curved terrazzo tray was inserted to define the space ©Image courtesy Dirk Weiblen
A bespoke lighting installation is suspended in the triple height space. Pink and grey cabling traverses the void threaded through circular bronze rings which hang custom glass shades.
▼定制的照明装置悬挂于三层通高的中庭内，a bespoke lighting installation is suspended in the triple height space ©Image courtesy Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Passing through the central atrium space to the back bar located within the heritage building, one is transported to a tropical retro oriental parlor. A gold gradient wallpaper wraps the perimeter wall, with hand painted Shanghai ladies, clothed in zebra attire and adorned in gangster bling, their era blurred between the 1920’s and the present day. A blue and pink neon in the shape of a fan frames the pantry area. Custom wallpapers continue to play on this festive theme, with geometric and interweaving patterns in pastel tones, these are hand painted over in gold and green.
▼热带东方客厅风格的酒吧位于老建筑内，back bar with a tropical retro oriental parlor style is located within the heritage building ©Image courtesy Dirk Weiblen
The bathroom walls are lined with custom printed tiles in pink and green interconnecting lines and shapes. The ceiling is painted a dusty pink, and a mint green lacquer box contains the cubicles, custom bronze light fixtures and mirrors create a parlor-like vanity.
▼粉色和浅绿色定制瓷砖打造的洗手间墙面，bathroom walls with printed tiles in pink and green ©Image courtesy Dirk Weiblen
Year of Completion : 2016
Architect : Linehouse
Photographers : Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Dirk Weiblen
Project Address : 696 Weihai Lu, Jing’An District, Shanghai
Area : 5,500sqm
English text: Linehouse
Chinese text: gooood editor Yi Ting