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Rethinking the Split House in Shanghai

The magical lane houses, which were once the dominant fabric that made urban Shanghai the intoxicating place that it was in the 1930s, are now slowly being demolished, taken over by high-density developments all over the city. Neri & Hu Design and Research Office was commissioned to reconstruct a dilapidated lane house left with almost nothing except its glorious shell in the historic and artistic Tianzifang area in Shanghai, and the mission was to transform it into three separate apartment units.

Neri&Hu’s strategy was to rethink the typology of the lane house–keeping the split level formation, a typical trait to lane houses in this city, and add spatial interest through new insertions and skylights to accentuate the architectural integrity of such a typology, contemporizing it for today’s lifestyle.

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There’s no Waffle House here in China.

Not an IHOP anywhere either.

What we do have is Mr Pancake, Shanghai’s premiere breakfast food chain!

I’d never been to one until yesterday, when some colleagues and I popped in after an early morning meeting. And ask expected, the menu was filled with all sorts of pancakes. Eggs and bacon and breakfast burritos too, but as the name makes clear, pancakes are the star here. Like this stack of sweetness…

Nutella and Caramel Popcorn Pancakes!

This was not my order, and I did not try them, but that plate was clean in no time!

I did have an order of plain pancakes with butter and syrup, and they were quite good. I’m not the biggest pancake eater, but the place definitely does its name proud.

However, is it just me or is that Mr. Pancake logo kind of creepy?

Mr. Pancake has locations all around Shanghai.


World landmarks lit up to show solidarity with France, in honor of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, 2015. #prayforparis


Greg Girard (Canadian, b. 1955, Vancouver, BC, Canada, based Shanghai) - 1: House on Yuyuan Lu (#81 Yuyuan Lu), 2001  2: Lane off Nguyen Khuyen Street, 2009 from Hanoi Calling series  3: House on Zixia Lu, #14, 2005  4: Shops And Homes, Machang Lu & Liling Lu from Phantom Shanghai, 2003  5: Alley (Yangshuo Lu, Looking North) from Phantom Shanghai, 2006  6: Neighborhood Demolition, #41 Lane 590, Weihai Lu, 2005  7: Condemned Factory, Moganshan Lu, 2002, Phantom Shanghai  8: Neighborhood Demolition, Lane 195, Urumuqi Bei Lu, 2004  9: House on Huashan Lu, North View, Lane 322, Huashan Lu, 2005  10: Shanghai Falling (Fuxing Lu Demolition), 2002