Shanghai, on the mouth of the Yangtze River, has been an important trading centre since the 19th century. Its French quarter still shows traces of traditional colonial architecture. For the most part, however, it’s a modern, forward-looking and energising city, the largest in the world by population. Shanghai’s new entrepreneurial elite has created a booming property market, with high demand for luxury apartments. So when creating Lakeville Casa in Shanghai, a luxury apartment block in the Taipingquiao area of downtown Shanghai, developer Shui On Land worked with Poggenpohl China to create a unique dual-function kitchen, fusing the traditions of East and West.
In addition to a traditional closed-off Chinese kitchen, the apartments also offer an open kitchen
area for entertaining guests. Equipped with top-ofthe-line induction hobs, refrigeration, coffee machine, oven, microwave, plate-warming drawer and sink, the open kitchen is the natural focus of the apartment. Shui On Land chose Poggenpohl because of its crème de la crème reputation among discerning owners in the Shanghai and China luxury market, and because the team at Poggenpohl China showed a clear understanding of the requirement for superlative design, functionality and budget control. According to the developers, the finished Poggenpohl kitchens feature advanced technology and clean, sophisticated lines. Most important of all, they are both visibly elegant and functionally practical.