Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.

The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.

The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.
The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.
The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.

The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.

The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.

The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.

The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Located in the famed Mission Hills area, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is the first of its kind to arrive in Mainland China. The hotel combined modern Chinese architecture with its signature world-class service to deliver a lavish experience.

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Located in the famed Mission Hills area, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is the first of its kind to arrive in Mainland China. The hotel combined modern Chinese architecture with its signature world-class service to deliver a lavish experience.    

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Located in the famed Mission Hills area, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is the first of its kind to arrive in Mainland China. The hotel combined modern Chinese architecture with its signature world-class service to deliver a lavish experience.    

Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design
Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Shanghai
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Boutique City Hotel in Singapore
Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Capella Shanghai Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li “shikumen” complex; located in the heart of the former French concession had evolved and been altered over the years but was essentially intact in its historical configuration and represented an incredible development opportunity.  Originally these “shikumen” buildings were designed for middle class families in Shanghai and as they lacked modern plumbing facilities they were often seen as products with little value to preserve and were either demolished or just the “shell” was maintained and they were converted it into commercial use.

After extensive research and study, Kokaistudios developed an architectural renovation strategy that maintained the architectural features of the “shikumen” lane houses while tastefully altering the internal layout and transforming them into spaces suitable for modern luxurious living where each original lane house unit was transformed into one luxurious guest suite. Practicality is not a term that applies to this project as the shikumen architectural typology; characterized by their narrow and tall nature meaning that the minimum 110 sq.m suites are split over 2 floors via a step staircase with no elevator; does not lend itself naturally to conversion to hospitality use. However when the ultra-luxury Capella hotel brand entered into the project several years later minimal upgrades to the architecture of the buildings were required to meet their exacting standards and they created 55 luxury suites each occupying one of the lane-houses. Today the hotel occupies a unique position within Shanghai’s luxury hotel landscape and offer their guests a truly unique hospitality experience not available anywhere else in the world.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Dai Forni & Sintoho at Four Seasons Kuwait / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios' newest projects with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - the Dai Forni Italian and the Sintoho Asian restaurants located in the newly built Four Seasons Kuwait in the Burj Alshaya building.

The designer adopted an architectural approach to the development of the project by conceiving the space as an oasis in a desert. The heat of the days are embodied by the southern Italian cuisine restaurant Dai Forni, which centers around wood-burning ovens and fire pillars, while the cool nightimes are embodied by the Asian fine dining restaurant Sintoho with its water towers and darker color palette.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Boutique Hotel in Shanghai
Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.

The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.

The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.
The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.
The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.

The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.

The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Highline at Ascott Hotel / Red Design

Highline is an all day dining, lounge and bar located in the Ascott Serviced Apartments in central Shanghai.

The design is a refined and minimal creation, drawing inspiration from US mid-century modernism though an LA luxe filter.

The program and site were challenging: the dark, low ceilinged space was to function as an all-day venue for both hotel guests and visitors. Fortunately, an expansive terrace adjoins the space and we were able to extend the dining room onto this terrace, creating a sunlit skyroom which forms a transition between the intimate dining room and the spectacular views from the terrace.

Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Peninsula Shanghai

With two spacious bedrooms, an opulent two-storey grand dining room, elegant study, private residential gym and a living room complete with working fireplace and balcony, the Peninsula Suite offers a truly unparalleled experience.

Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Resort Hotel in Chengdu
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Located in the famed Mission Hills area, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is the first of its kind to arrive in Mainland China. The hotel combined modern Chinese architecture with its signature world-class service to deliver a lavish experience.

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Located in the famed Mission Hills area, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is the first of its kind to arrive in Mainland China. The hotel combined modern Chinese architecture with its signature world-class service to deliver a lavish experience.    

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Located in the famed Mission Hills area, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is the first of its kind to arrive in Mainland China. The hotel combined modern Chinese architecture with its signature world-class service to deliver a lavish experience.    

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