Glamorous Rooftop Yu Bar, Shanghai
Shanghai-based architects Kokaistudios have designed the Yu Bar. Completed in 2011, the glamorous rooftop bar can be found at the Marriott Hotel in Shanghai, China.
According to the architects: “Located on the banks of the Lupu River overlooking the Expo 2010 site and the Lupu ridge the bar is located on the 28th and 29th floor and features a large terrace offering guests fabulous views of the city.
“Developed by the Greenland Group and managed by the Marriott Group Kokaistudios received the brief to oversee the architectural design of a glass pavilion on the roof and all of the interior design for this unique location. Our aim was to create a multifunctional venue suitable for a wide variety of occasions. Split over two levels the luxury Shanghai bar is characterised by a series of different moods and experiences all of which back-stopped by incredible views.
“The name, Yu, is a classical Chinese character which symbolises elegance and exclusivity. It is the inspiration of the design to combine nostalgic touches and contemporary decor, blending traditional Chinese design with western romance. The concept formed the starting point for the development of the design concept which Kokaistudios took in new contemporary directions which become apparent the moment guests step off the lift where they are greeted by with sleek wood blocks and a stainless steel ceiling.
“The entrance area of the contemporary Shanghai bar is a corridor surrounded on all sides by sleek dark glass cabinets with dramatic lighting effect which create a strong atmosphere. The VIP area over looks ceiling height windows and is full of old style chesterfield custom designed red leather sofas all centered around a dramatic stainless steel globe and an air of exclusivity; privacy and intimacy is given by the sliding curtains and dim lighting.
“Taking inspiration from the neighbouring river and the importance that shipping has played in Shanghai’s development we developed a boat inspired U shaped bar covered in thick steel cables and characterised by its myriad hanging blown glass lamps. Separated from the main DJ stand by a small dance-floor this space offers spectacular views of the river.
“The hexagonal mosaic finished bathroom designed in complete black and white gives a vintage look with a modern flair. A sleek flying staircase leads up a brightly lit and wildly orange room located within the newly built glass pavilion; designed in a way to allow for the terrace to occupy the best views of the river and the neighbouring sites. With a second bar and plush white sofas, the atmosphere is almost opposite from the dark and low-key first floor and is designed for lounging in the breeze and appreciating fine cocktails and wines almost as if one was on a boat on the river.
“With Kokaistudios strong emphasis on the interplay between materials, furniture and lighting the luxury Shanghai bar offers a unique guest experience for guests looking for new sights, sounds and tastes all accompanied by great service and a stunning view.”
Images courtesy of Charlie Xia.