Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Center
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LRF designed the second Marriott to open in China’s financial centre. The 5-star hotel was the first collaboration between an international operator and Agile, a leading Chinese residential developer expanding into hospitality. While Agile is a more traditional company, Marriott is in a transitional mode and welcomed a more contemporary design approach. LRF ensured that the modern look was tempered by carefully detailed spaces that provided layers of richness to reinforce the brand’s story.
Marriott City Centre is a large project with five F&B outlets that offer a variety of international cuisines ranging from deli to Japanese. The restaurants are where theatrically executed interior design concepts shine, as LRF allowed each cuisine’s culture to inform the space’s aesthetics. For Man Ho, the Cantonese restaurant, LRF recalls the original Man Ho in JW Marriott Hong Kong, which it also designed. The elegant entry corridor includes a number of captivating glass sculpture upon timber display stands, while Ming chairs and screens with ornate frets provide the space with sense of place. Shanghai City Bistro is all day dining restaurant inspired by hawker stalls, and its smorgasbord is reflected in marble clad open kitchen stations, lively street scenes etched onto transparent glass screens, and a bright, cheerful vibe.