Star Garage, by Abelardo Lafuente




“Star Garage, by Abelardo Lafuente,” Archivo China España, 1800-1950, consulta 25 de abril de 2024,


Star Garage, by Abelardo Lafuente




The Star Garage was designed by Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente in Shanghai for Albert Cohen (1870- 1930). Born in Constantinople, Cohen obtained the Spanish nationality due to his Sephardic origins—and his wealth. One of the (at least) three garages designed by Lafuente for Cohen, the Star is the only one standing today, at 702 Nanjing West Road (former 125 Bubbling Well Road).

The garage business extended from the initial rickshaws to include cars rented by the minute, the origin of present Chinese form for 'taxi', 出租车 chuzuche, or 'car for rent'.

As in all buildings hosting a garage, the aim was to enclose as big a space as possible. The Star Garage became one of the most symbolic and representative works of Lafuente in China due to its eclectic facade, with neo-arabic and neo-classic elements.


CAMERON, W. H. Morton, Present day impressions of the Far East and prominent and progressive Chinese at home and abroad. The history, people, commerce, industries and resources of China, Hongkong, Indo-China, Malaya and Netherlands India (1917), P. 428


Álvaro Leonardo Pérez

Recurso relacionado

LEONARDO PÉREZ, Álvaro (2019). Abelardo Lafuente García-Rojo (1871-1931), un arquitecto español en China (Madrid: Universidad Alcalá de Henares, unpublished PhD thesis).