Capella Hotels to manage heritage landmark ‘shikumen’ estate in Shanghai


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Shanghai Hengfu Investment & Development Co., Ltd has appointed Capella Hotel Group Asia as the manager of Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, which is scheduled to open in March 2017. Located within the historical and cultural preservation zone of the Xuhui District, Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li will be the city’s only all-villa urban resort in the last remaining cluster of a historical shikumen estate, which was the landmark architectural style of 1930s Shanghai. Capella Residences Shanghai, located within the same estate, will open in early 2017.

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li estate comprises the ultra-luxury Capella Shanghai, Capella Residences and The Gallery, a retail destination for lifestyle brands. Sensitively restored for affluent clientele, these shikumen buildings are a marriage of traditional Shanghainese and Western architectural styles which first appeared in the 1860s. Due to Shanghai’s rapid development, original shikumen houses are a rarity against the glistening skyscrapers and modern architecture. The Jian Ye Li estate will be a showcase of Shanghai’s residential heritage featuring Chinese courtyard houses with Parisian flair.

Zhu Jingsong, General Manager of Shanghai Hengfu Investment & Development Co., Ltd. said, “This cooperation between Xufang Group and Capella Hotel Group Asia is an alliance between like-minded partners. Both parties shall play to each other’s strengths and build upon the profound historical and cultural heritage of Jian Ye Li’s unique architectural structures. It is our common goal to transform Jian Ye Li into a vibrant and charming landmark that symbolises the protective utilisation of Shanghai’s beautiful historical architecture.”

“Capella Hotel Group is deeply honoured to be appointed as the custodian of Shanghai’s last remaining shikumen estate and an important part of Shanghai’s cultural heritage. The
juxtaposition of a contemporary gateway city with the alluring heritage of a past era makes Capella Shanghai truly unique. We will instill our Capella service philosophy and leverage on our expertise in the ultra-luxury segment to create a new hospitality icon for Shanghai,” said Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group.

Capella Shanghai, is located within the Jian Ye Li heritage conservation estate. It will be Shanghai’s only all-villa urban resort with 55 villas complemented by the legendary Capella Library, the award-winning Auriga Spa, a French brasserie and intimate event venues. In 2017, Capella Residences will be fully functional with 40 apartments for the discerning clientele in search of ultra-luxury accommodation. The Gallery, which forms the façade of the Jian Ye Li estate, is a collection of niche retail lifestyle brands.

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