NEOBRIDGE is an experiment on the relationship between the hotel and the city. The “bridge” is the theme and the solution. The Origin. The project is located at Caojiadu, Shanghai, with St. Michael’s Cathedral in the front and a residential garden facing Suzhou Creek in the back. Our goal is to create a comfortable but dramatic space in between two high rises while keeping the building’s original massing and form unchanged. The problems of the original structure are its low floor height and repressive basement. Hence, we opened up the entire first floor to form a continuous vertical space with a bridge in the bridge. Underneath the bridge is an inner extension of the city; across from the bridge is the hotel, at a distance to the clamor. Walking across the bridge therefore becomes the visual center, a sense of ritual as well as the theme of the hotel.
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