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The Yu Bar is the glamorous new rooftop bar of the newly opened Shanghai Marriott

Luwan. Located on the banks of the Huangpu River overlooking the Expo 2010 site and

the Lupu Ridge the bar is located on the 28th and 29th floor and features a large

outdoor terrace offering guests phenomenal views of the city.

Developed by one of China’s top real estate developers, 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 and our aim was to create a multifunctional venue suitable for a wide

variety of occasions. Split over 2 levels the bar is characterized by a series of different

moods and experiences all of which back-stopped by incredible views.

The name of the bar, Yu, is a classical Chinese character which symbolizes elegance

and exclusivity. It is the inspiration of the design to combines nostalgic touches and

contemporary decor, blending traditional Chinese flavor with Western romance. The

concepts 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 elevator where they are greeted by with sleek wood blocks and a

stainless steel ceiling

The entrance area of the 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 neighboring 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 characterized 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 passing ships.

The hexagonal mosaic finished bathroom designed in complete black and white giving

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 modern-style glass pavilion; designed in a way to allow for the terrace to

occupy the best views of the river and the neighboring 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. The entire top floor is designed to be

rented out for private events and hosts a full bar and kitchen facilities.

With Kokaistudios strong emphasis on the interplay between materials, furniture and

lighting the Yu Bar offers a unique guest experience in Shanghai and satisfies the

demand of dynamic guests looking for new sights, sounds and tastes all accompanied

by great service and a stunning view.

Designed by Kokai Studios

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