The design for the renovation of the Nanying Hotel transformed an existing 166-room government hotel into a boutique hotel in anticipation of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Located less than 20 minutes from the Expo center, the client wanted to take advantage of the building’s prime location and reposition the Hotel for general commercial use in time for the Expo—which brought nearly 65 million visitors to the city. Taking aesthetic cues from the Hotel’s urban environment, the design mimics and responds to the atmosphere and elegance of the wildly beautiful city of Shanghai. This is accomplished through the implementation of design techniques that connect the interior space with its urban context. The scope of work includes a renovation and addition to the ground floor, a renovation to the exterior skin and a concept design for the hotel rooms. The program for the ground floor includes a lobby and renovation to the bar and restaurant.