A hotel in Hong Kong is heavy on design and delicate with the details. The Upper House hotel is located in Pacific Place in Admiralty and is awash with beautiful artworks and installations.
Luxury and finesse at Upper House hotel
A 117-key hotel in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district, part of the city’s business center, exudes calm and confidence. This owes largely to its thoughtfully considered details and a soothing color and material palette. Spread over 49 floors with a stunning view of Victoria Bay, the Upper House hotel boasts designs throughout the hotel by some of the world’s most well-known designers, architects, and interior designers. The overall concept is one of minimal intrusion that creates a subtle backdrop that, on closer inspection, reveals itself to be full of discreet details. Designed by Andre Fu, something of a local legend when it comes to hospitality design, the hotel exudes Fu’s signature restraint, while at the same time culminating in a highly refined aesthetic that is at once vernacular and international. Asian and Western styles merge in a harmonious blend of comfort and subdued sophistication. Other influences are also present in this luxury hotel, such as British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s stone entrance facade, which is both brutal and soft, the curved edges dissolving the harshness of the Bedonia stone.
A design journey in the middle of the city
Andre Fu was careful to have “purposely conjured a sense of tranquility throughout the design and ambiance of the hotel.” This ideology has created a space through which the visitor travels as if on a journey through connected areas that each has its own particular sense of identity. Visitors enter through the stone portal into the glass-walled lobby where you conduct a paperless check-in, then make their way to the escalator whose red, the meditative glow is inspired by the Japanese torii gate. The guest rooms are minimal in design but maximum in comfort, with voluptuous carpets complementing the sleek furniture. Over 400 specially commissioned artworks are scattered throughout the hotel, and at any given time a visitor can expect to come across a stainless steel sculpture by Japanese artist , or Cynthia Sah’s “Grain” sculpture in Carrara marble or her bronze “Lifted” sculpture. One of the highlights of the hotel is the Cafe Grey, located on the 39th floor. The ambiance is created by the brown hues in the material palette, with diffuse backlighting behind timber slats that create a soft glow on the upper level of the dining hall. The real success of the project lies in the thoughtful coordination of a palette of bamboo, timber, glass, limestone, and marble throughout the hotel.
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