Luxury On the Go

citizenM Shanghai offers a home away from home for guests and remote workers alike

The 15th citizenM – which stands for mobile citizen – hotel has opened in Shanghai, designed by brand co-creators, Amsterdam-based multidisciplinary studio concrete.

The 303-room project effortlessly follows through with citizenM’s DNA of an 80% focus on highly transitional and functional public areas (or “hybrid spaces” as concrete dubs them) and 20% on spotlighting local cultures. 

“It’s context driven,” explains Sofie Ruytenberg, head of identity at concrete. “We want people to know and feel that they are waking up in Shanghai, New York or London. The dynamic part of the design is visible in the routing and additional programming (such as rooftop bars, societyM, canteenM, coffeeM, etc.); local art integrated into the architecture and the interior; bespoke carpets (the corridor carpet is a print of google maps of Shanghai and in the 'living room,' or lobby, we have a Koi carpet); and of course the styling.”

Known as collectionM, the living room features cabinetry that carries a locally curated mix of inspirational pieces from Chinese artists such as Mojo Wang, Bu Hua, Y0un9bug, QianJiu, Ke XiaoQin, and ChenChen, as well as books and other accessories. A floating dragon lantern by Thai artist Supachai T sits above the check-in desk. 

citizenM | flying dragon sculpture | concrete

Photo credit: Richard Power

“We always try to create a home away from home,” Ruytenberg says of each citizenM location.

Part of the development of the Ziteng Road metro station area in the Minhang District of Hongqiao, concrete wanted to draw in not just hotel guests to the public spaces, but also office workers from the surrounding business district that is also being built up, as well as visitors to the nearby Zizhu Science Park and the National Civil Aerospace Centre. A large societyM – the brand’s communal working space –accommodates those who need to get some business taken care of.

“Work and life is blurred as we become more mobile,” says Ruytenberg as she discusses the philosophy behind citizenM. “When and where we work, stay, or relax varies. That’s why our public spaces are the social heart of every citizenM, providing different seating configurations, nooks, that provide the opportunity to meet and mingle or get some work done.”

citizenM | seating | concrete

Photo credit: Richard Power

citizenM | societyM | concrete

Photo credit: Richard Power

The living room lobby also features two entrances: one shuttles guests visiting for business directly up the property’s iconic staircase to societyM with seven meeting rooms, more “living rooms” and the centrally-located bar; the other takes guests through an area with ping-pong tables and a swing bench, passed an art wall also crafted by Shanghai artist ChenChen and onto a terrace.

citizenM | art wall | concrete

Photo credit: Richard Power

citizenM | central bar | concrete

Photo credit: Richard Power

Thirty new citizenM properties are currently under development and a new location in Kuala Lumpur is next on the opening list.