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Gemma Figueras
8 noviembre 2013

Neri & Hu convert an old warehouse in Shanghai into the flagship store for Camper in China.

Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 16 Camper has recently opened a new showroom In Shanghai designed by Neri & Hu. The prestigious chinese studio has achieved the perfect balance between tradition and modernity in this project for the Malllorcan brand's flagship store in China, situated in the French Concession zone. They have done so by conceiving a building within a building, with a hutong-like passage that displays poetic hanging shoes.  

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Camper Sanghai Neri&HuAccording to Neri & Hu, the building itself is inspired by its immediate urban context: «It reminds the hutong areas, with its vibrant labyrinth of alleys. The street entrance is inside the locale, creating a transversal cut-off point as if it were a section in the place».

Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 2Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 3This element generates a welcome room that at the same time serves as space for presentations and conferences. The  presence of a mirror at the end of this hallway visually enlarges the transversal cut off point and accentuates the idea of a new building inside an old warehouse.

Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 13The structure of the new building has been carried out through re-used wood sourced locally, along with grey bricks as a filler. The wood comes from demolished houses and denotes its origin and past thanks to a remnants of old newspaper and wallpapers still stuck to the boards.

Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 12Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 9A large skylight gives off the sensation of being in an real outdoor laneway. Here, hanging shoes project linear shadows onto the walls throughout the day.

Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 15Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 7Many of the pieces of furniture have been purposely designed by Neri & Hu for the project; a shelving unit, a special red version of their ‘Sol’ chair and the ‘Lazy Susan’ table that has been placed in the reading room.  

Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu 11
Camper Sanghai Neri&Hu fachada

More about the architects

Lyndon Neri (Philippines, 1965) and Rossana Hu (Taiwan, 1968) are the hottest design duo in China today. They studied at Harvard and Princeton (respectively) and met each other in the offices of Michael Graves, where Lyndon spent 10 years. In 2002, they moved to Shanghai to work on the project Three On The Bund together with the famous American architect. Two years later, they established their own, multidisciplinary studio NHDRO (Neri & Hu Design and Research Office). Currently, they are working on projects in Asia, Europe and the US. Neri & Hu are also introducing in China some of the most prestigious international design brands through their store Design Republic.

Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
88 yuqing road
200030 Shanghai
Ph: +8621 6082 3777
Images by Dirk Weiblen and portrait by Andrew Rowat, courtesy of Camper.

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