Great Escapes: Shanghai

  • Photo by Michael Weber
    Photo by Michael Weber
  • Photo by Michael Weber
    Photo by Michael Weber
  • Photo by Michael Weber
  • Photo by Michael Weber
<< Back to Home & Style, January 2014
  • Karen Cakebread

In crowded Shanghai, where space is a precious commodity, visitors looking for refuge and convenience can secure one of the serviced accommodations at IFC Residence in the Pudong financial district. The area is home to the Shanghai Stock Exchange and some of the tallest buildings in China, as well as premier and plentiful shopping and dining options.

Andre Fu, an in-demand interior architect based in Hong Kong, designed the residential building as if it were a stately manor rather than a high-rise. This conceit is especially noticeable in common areas such as the third-floor living room—a series of large chambers opening onto a terrace (below) and embellished with artful lighting, hand-embroidered wall panels, and pieces of sculpture from Asian and European artists. An 82-foot indoor pool, a gym with a sauna and steam rooms, and in-room dining through an arrangement with the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, are just a few of the building’s facilities and amenities. All of IFC’s accommodations have fully equipped kitchens, home entertainment systems, and bathrooms with rain-style showers and tubs with TVs. The 296 residential units range from a 764-square-foot studio to a choice of four Sky Mansions, the largest of which is 4,801 square feet.

Rates: from about $4,500 to $30,000 monthly. Contact: IFC Residence, +86.21.2206.9988, www.ifcresidence.com

From Around the Web...
Italian design is on display at its finest in these grandiose estates…
Fully furnished kitchens that take interior design outside the box…
This high-end outdoor furniture will transform your backyard into the ultimate stylish retreat…
Design elements include a $100,000 Lalique dining room table and Donald Judd artwork…
Make your kitchen the envy of your friends…
Beautifully handcrafted, each of these tubs add a dramatic and contemporary twist to the bathroom…
These contemporary statement pieces shed a new light on interior design…
Innovation and artistry harmoniously unite under Jeff Leatham’s skillful hand…
Photo by Cordero Studios/Corderostudios.com
Sennheiser’s incredible Orpheus is very likely the finest personal audio system ever created…
The cubist-like design helps paint a more accurate sonic image than other powered speakers…