Arguably one of the most curious and extraordinary places in Shanghai, 1933 is a former slaughterhouse, now serving as an architectural landmark and creative space.
Paul Liu (one of the brains behind Three on the Bund) offered a second youth to this abattoir also known as the ‘Old Millfun’, by turning it into a commercial hub for creative industries in 2008, housing art galleries, an office centre, design shops and restaurants.
1933 is a giant Art Deco labyrinth with a fantastic gloomy atmosphere, and many surprises lurk behind its dark corners, spiral staircases, ramps and bridges.
The restoration swallowed RMB 100 million, and occupancy is still a little sparse, with the Ferrari Owner’s Club being one of the few tenants who can afford the rent – unfortunately also one of those who seem oddly misplaced in this charming colossus which is struggling to keep its original mystique about it.
1933 is located on 29 Shajing Rd, close to Haining Rd (沙径路29号, 近海宁路)
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PICTURES: CAMILLE GAZEAU