Andaz has officially opened the Andaz Shanghai, a 28-storey landmark which adds yet another top-end property to the city’s booming luxury hotel market. The Andaz Shanghai’s 307 rooms opened to the public for the first time October 18, marking the first entry of the Andaz brand into Asia.

With rooms that offer views of the historical Xintiandi entertainment district, the hotel is decorated with mixed media artwork designed to evoke the old and new sides of the area, using items such as LED lighting, sensors, video projections and recycled materials.

The eclectic theme continues into the rooms, which boast changeable mood lighting and high-tech glowing sinks and baths juxtaposed against rock face walls. Refreshment is provided by three restaurant-bars, including the Andaz lounger, the Éclair patisserie and the four-level Shanghainese restaurant Hai Pai.

A planned spa drawing on both traditional Chinese medicine and modern wellness techniques, and a ‘Garden Studio’ will round out the hotel when they open later this year.

The artwork at Andaz Shanghai – all by artists with a strong connection to the city – was selected around the theme of “Collective New Media Art,” referencing the hotel’s unique location, and exploring themes of past and present, new and old, deconstruction and reconstruction. The artwork aims to challenge the conventions of art in a hotel space and break down boundaries for visual experiences, allowing guests not only to observe, but also to interact with pieces. The diverse mixed media used, from LED lighting to sensors and from video projections to recycled materials, combine to create an eclectic and refreshingly unconventional collection.

“We look forward to introducing the Andaz brand to Asia and welcoming guests to experience our personal, flexible, authentic hospitality first hand,” said Wilson Lee, general manager of the hotel. “Andaz Shanghai is for people who want to truly discover the city while enjoying all the comforts of a leading international hotel brand. We want our guests to experience Shanghai and our hotel the way they want to, while we are doing everything we can to cater to their andaz.”