Project: Revive the Ruins - Somekh Building Renovation
Award: Adaptive Reuse - Small, Silver, 2023
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: SHISUO design office
Client: Somekh Building Office
Somekh Building is in the Bund in Shanghai, a protected historical area in the centre of the city. Originally built in the 1920s, it required careful restoration as well as the creation of new space to meet the building’s current functional requirements.
A new ceiling in the exhibition space retains the characteristics of the original beam structure while a brass spiral staircase connects the first-floor exhibition space with the hotel lounge on the second floor. A third-floor atrium features restored pilaster and arched windows.
In the entrance foyer on the first floor, the severely damaged floor has been repaired. The new entrance door is inspired by the Art-Deco style buildings on the Bund while a newly installed brass chandelier illuminates the star-shape concrete beams on the ceiling.
Photo credit: Zhu Runzi; SHISUO design office; Atkinson & Dallas Co. Ltd
LEAD ARCHITECT: Sanif Xu