In the central business district of Lujiazui, the splendid Shanghai Tower, which stands 632 meters high (2,073 feet), with 121 floors, is now the tallest building in China. Coined a real “vertical city” that aims to set new standards also in design.
In the heart of this fascinating architectural project is the J-Hotel, an ultra-luxury structure of the Chinese group, Jin Jiang, which was recently inaugurated.
Going up the high-speed elevator takes less than one minute to reach the lobby on the 101st floor, where the journey in the clouds begins. It’s a sort of incredible art gallery, where there are more than 1,000 works, arranged in various areas or even an integral part of them, from famous local and foreign artists.
The shapes of the rooms are different from each other, but for everyone, there’s the same sensation of floating in the sky above the whole city.
In this electrifying scenario, exiting the 120th floor lift, the first thing you come across to is an artistic mosaic. This 30-meter-long mural interprets a painting, “King of Dongdan on Horseback,” by the famous and highly rated Chinese painter, Zhang Daqin. It represents the story of the prosperity of the ancient Silk Road and the hope of making the country strong and the people prosper. The company recreated, in gold and Murano glass tesserae cut one by one and masterfully composed, the entire work in Sicis’ Ravenna laboratories and subsequently transported and placed it in its final destination.
Other refined creations by Sicis are located on the 105th floor; the walls, from the lift to the entire reception area, are decorated in gold mosaic and Vetrite, a golden casket, an environment that leaves you breathless. This is the starting point for a floor in laserjet-cut blue marble with gold mosaic inlays, forward in the main rooms. On the same floor in the ballroom, the striking thing is the door, a design conceived and elaborated by the artists of the Italian company in gold and platinum mosaic, which joins other parts of the hall, made with the same concept.
Finally, in the wellness area mosaic wall on the presidential suite, there is an explosion of light, flowers that appear to join the sky’s brightness -- an environment in which one feels wholly enveloped in an imaginary and fantastic garden.
It is genuinely galvanizing to see how Sicis, an Italian reality of exception, through productions of masterful quality and the combination of art, tradition and avant-garde industry, has become an integral part of this unique project.