Under the direction of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG), one of the world’s leading hoteliers, Pei Partnership Architects prepared a detailed survey of one of Shanghai’s landmark properties and a feasibility assessment of its potential transformation into a five-star Mandarin Oriental property. Comprising the famed north tower (Peace Hotel), south tower (Palace Hotel) and a new site for  annex facilities, the total project area exceeds 65,000 square meters and provides over 300 revamped suites, two ballrooms, pool and health spa, expanded food and beverage outlets, and renovated administrative offices. Among the interventions proposed are new entrances, lobbies and receiving areas and the closure of Nanjing Road between the two restored properties that will be treated with new stone paving, lighting, street furniture and trees.

As part of a revamping and refurbishment of public facilities, substantial modifications of its existing infrastructure were proposed including replacement of its mechanical systems, elevators and windows, restoration of its famed Art Deco interiors, cleansing of its gritty stone exterior and stabilization of its decaying structure. New furnishings will intersperse with period arts and crafts in a methodical and scholarly attempt to fuse the legacy of the past with the spirit of present-day Shanghai. In this effort Pei Partnership intends to work closely with a team of respected architectural preservationists to document and salvage the properties’ rich and storied history.