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IMG_68231933 Shanghai, Shanghai

This 4 story Massive Solid concrete maze Slaughterhouse built in early twenteeth century is maybe the one single thing that’s the most inspiring architecture standing in Shanghai and even in the world.  I am totally impressed.

Located in the historic Hongkou District, 1933 Shanghai (上海1933老场坊) was built amidst the vibrant urban landscape of pre-communist Shanghai. Designed originally by British architects, and built in 1933 by Chinese developers, the building was originally intended for use as a slaughterhouse but served a number of purposes over the years from medicine factory, cold storage facility, to its current incarnation as a ‘commercial hub for creative industries’.  And this is the last one left such built out of 3, one in London and one in US, but they are demolished by now.

The building was commissioned by the then Shanghai Municipal Council with the high-quality cement aggregate required to support the load-bearing needs of the building was imported from the Portsmouth area of the UK. After being abandoned and falling into disrepair the building was extensive restoration in 2008. Built around a central atrium, which served as the abattoir’s workshops, each floor is connected to an outer shell by a series of interlocking ramps, bridges, and spiral staircases which were designed to control the flow of both people and cattle being processed through the building.  

Here are the pics.

IMG_6814The facade of 1933 Shanghai, the ultimate formal Slaughterhouse.


IMG_6816Here to the right, the central Atrium to the right and so called ” air bridges” to transport and control cattles.


IMG_6821So beautiful and So haunting. Imagine all those cattles flowing up there in their deadly heavy marching…

IMG_6824After the RMB100 million restoration back in year 2008, the formal slaughter house became this one gigantic commercial space such as cafes, interior shop, high end restaurant and creative office spaces for many design and architect firms. It is still quite deserted ( I mean this space is Massive)  but there are handful of  business that are interesting.



IMG_6826Check out the cattle signs.

IMG_6845The Bull Restaurant, Shanghainese Cuisine.


IMG_6827There are 26 ‘air bridges’ of various widths splayed out at different angles, provoking feelings of both confusion and fascinating at how it could have been conceived. 





IMG_6831A cool public signage.

IMG_6832One of many empty spaces awaiting for a right owner for a right usage.











IMG_6847I am inside of central atrium. 




IMG_6851The top floor.











You can find 1933 Shanghai, otherwise known as “Old Millfun” at No. 10 Shajing Lu

(near Jiulong Lu) †(近九龙路).

Absolute Must Check out when you are in Shanghai.





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7 Comments so far

  1. Emiliano Casarosa on November 9, 2011 5:13 am

    ciao amore, devo chiederti una cosa, chiama.

  2. Peter on November 10, 2011 1:55 pm

    Amazing! Thanks for posting!

  3. Miami MyWay : LACASAPARK on May 26, 2012 9:33 am

    [...] Atsuko walking around bit.  Actually the building also reminds me of  Shanghai’s 1933. [...]

  4. Doris Kerner on August 13, 2013 11:58 pm

    Wow, what a building. We are visiting S in 2 weeks and will def explore this bldg.
    I am not an Architect but living with one who will be more than delighted.

  5. jaehee on August 14, 2013 5:10 am

    Im sure you will enjoy it! have a great one!

  6. Karla on January 8, 2014 6:50 pm

    We went to 1933 on 27/12, shame to miss the “Butterfly Effect Multimedia Light Show” on new year eve. As we will be departing Shanghai on 31/12 for Hong Kong. None of us are architects / interior designers (unsure for my son who’s now age 10) but we all felt impressed with the outlook, structure and the original building material of 1933. You can’t imagine concrete could be sooo coordinate with the agent structures (see the pillars, staircases, facade), it has a streak of solid combined with elegant. Found interesting furniture pieces (RR) and designer fashions and accessories, worth to stay for coffee at the F1 cafe. We have had spent more than a week in SH, so we skip the SH cuisine on the day (more than one SH restaurant in 1933). I would prefer the late afternoon view and you may easily access 1933 by MTR ( Line No.4 or No.10, Hailun Road 海倫路 station, Exit No.2 and walk about 10 mins from the subway station ). High end functions / events in year round.

  7. Capturing moments with: Jom | the little sunbird on August 10, 2014 5:43 am

    […] hopped on the metro and made our way to the 1933 Slaughter House (which you could read more about here, and if you ever want to visit, here. Yes, it does sound frightening believe me, even the […]