Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

 

Situated within the prestigious shopping centre Three on the Bund, Mercato restaurant is Shanghai’s latest culinary destination by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Designed by Neri&Hu, the interior is inspired by the chef’s culinary vision and the restaurant’s rich historical context of early 1900s Shanghai, when the Bund was a bustling industrial hub.

 

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

 

In keeping with the restaurant’s name, the vibrant atmosphere inside the main dining space is reminiscent of street side marketplace. The central Bar and Pizza Bar are both encased in steel mesh and wire glass boxes with recycled timber canopies. A network of tube steel elements, inspired by old butcher’s rails, interlock with the exposed ductwork and form a system for hanging shelving and lighting. The banquette seating along the edge of the dining area is made from timber salvaged on site.

 

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

 

Stripping back the layers of finishes that have built up after years of renovations, the design concept celebrates the beauty of the bare structural elements. Three on the Bund was the first building in Shanghai built out of steel, and the architects’ decision to reveal the original steel columns pays homage to this extraordinary feat. Against the textured backdrop of the existing brickwork, concrete, plaster and mouldings, new insertions are clearly demarcated. Constantly playing the new against the old, Neri&Hu’s design is a reflection of the complex identity of not only the historical Bund, but of Shanghai at large.

 

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Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

Mercato Restaurant Shanghai by Neri & Hu | Yellowtrace.

 

The beautiful space bridges the organic, raw and industrial with elegance and modernity. Reclaimed timber and warm leather tones complement the exposed steel, glass and concrete to create an atmosphere that is polished yet warm and inviting.

See more projects by Neri&Hu on Yellowtrace.

 


[Photography by Pedro Pegenaute.]

 

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

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