The building is known as 1933, because, you guessed it, it was built in 1933. It was designed by British architects as a slaughterhouse, but was built by Chinese developers in the Hongkou District. It has served many purposes after that. It was a medicine factory and served as a cold storage as well, but by 2008 the building had become derelict. It was restored and turned into a commercial hub where art, style and cuisine seem to come together.
The 4 storey building is set around a large atrium which was where the slaughters did their work. The different floors are interconnected with walkways, steps and ramps. Although they were meant to create an organised flow of workers and cattle, I did feel like I was walking around in a labyrinth and got a bit confused a few times.
I loved waking around the building and it certainly is a must see if you're ever in Shanghai. Especially if you like your buildings historic instead of state-of-the-art.