Sky High Tranquility: Inside A Shanghai Oasis

This slice of paradise in Shanghai offers serene and minimalist abodes that combine the best of Chinese artistry and Italian innovation.

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s September 2023 Issue.

The Middle House is meant to be experienced. Located in the heart of Shanghai, it serves as a palace for zen amidst one of Asia’s most vibrant cities. The Middle House takes its name from the Chinese word ‘zhong,’ meaning middle, after the historic neighborhood Dazhongli where it’s located. It’s also at the center of Jing’an within the HKRI Taikoo Hui complex just off Nanjing Road (West). 

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the Middle House Hotel in Shanghai in night
Facade of the Middle House at night


Entering the hotel takes you to a place with a flair for the dramatic. Italian architect Piero Lissoni created the space with contrast in mind, shrouding the walls and furnishings in dark colors and stunning jewel tones to highlight handpicked art pieces from the hotel’s art collection “I Dream of China.” In using materials like bamboo, porcelain, ceramic, and lacquered textures, the refined interiors successfully marry Chinese history and craftsmanship with Italian ingenuity to create their ode to modern-day Shanghai. 

Entering the hotel takes you to a place with a flair for the dramatic
Entering the hotel takes you to a place with a flair for the dramatic

A similar design philosophy carries through to their luxurious dwellings. Whether you’re staying at one of their spacious studios or relishing in the grandeur of any of their Residences, every room presents an amazing showcase of contemporary design and modern renditions of traditional Chinese elements–all designed to perfection and with gorgeous city views as well as outdoor spaces and terraces.

The Middle House swimming pool
A serene and elegant ambiance await guests looking forward to a leisurely swim


Guests staying in any room can enjoy features like a rain shower and free-standing bathtub, exclusive artisanal bath and body products, premium bathroom accessories, luxury down bedding, a yoga mat and dumbbells, high-speed WiFi, a state-of-the-art Bluetooth speaker, and the use of Mr. Goodnight, their signature blue tassel master light switch. A complimentary maxi bar and an espresso machine with a selection of beverages are also present for use. The floor-to-ceiling windows of Studios are a great way to start the morning. With calm, neutral tones and sleek European furniture, the space is best for dynamic pairs. 

The Studio 90
Studio 90

The Gallery Suite, on the other hand, is also a space for two and allows for more room to breathe with its own outdoor terrace. Inside is an open-plan layout styled with custom furniture along with stunning art and Shanghainese detailing. While every room is made to feel comfortable and intimate, the Residences elevate the experience further, inviting guests to make it their home away from home. Light-filled and serene in a chic minimalist style ranging from 55 to 110 sqm, there’s no other place that allows you to feel like you’re floating above the chic urban jungle. 

The Mi Xun Spa steam room
Mi Xun Spa steam room

Additional features for Residences include full access to all of The Middle House’s amenities and services, high-speed Wi-Fi, telephone, and broadband access, individually controlled air conditioning, and an “At-Home” starter kit with personalized amenities.

Read more by purchasing a copy of the Lifestyle Asia September 2023 magazine via or select newsstands in National Bookstore and Fully Booked. Subscribe to the E-Magazine via Readly, Magzter, and Press Reader.

Photos courtesy of The Middle House Shanghai.

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