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2009 Award of Merit

Huai Hai Lu 796

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Jury Citation

The restoration of the twin Neo-classical villas at Huai Hai Lu 796 has created a heritage oasis along one of Shanghai’s main commercial thoroughfares. A rigorous process of building survey provided the necessary understanding for making the conservation decisions. The high-quality 1920s architecture has been restored through a respectful approach, with excellent technical execution by local craftsmen and international conservation specialists. Poor previous repair work has been removed and the original building fabric has been consolidated. The conversion of the property into luxury boutiques provides a viable commercial reuse that will allow the building to be well-utilized and maintained in the future.