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 Hirotoshi Sawada, 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.
Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in China:
Hilton Hainan Ocean Flower Island
This Sanya hotel will have 505 rooms once it is completed, and it will be located in the beautiful Clearwater Bay area, where forest coverage is estimated to be as high as 56 percent. The projected total cost for this project is $100 million. …[READ MORE]
This new hotel in Sanya is one of the closest on our list to opening. It’s projected debut will be made in the second quarter of 2018. When it does open its doors to guests, it will have a whopping total of 1,300 rooms available to its visitors. This stylish hotel, which has a total price tag of $258 million, is a part of the Ocean Park of Sanya. This means that it will likely become a leading destination for people to spend their holidays. …[READ MORE]
The W Retreat Spa Sanya Haitang Bay is yet another project for sunny Sanya. This one will have 450 rooms total, and an overall price tag of $89 million. This will be a luxurious and in-demand property, where most of the guest rooms will feature panoramic views of the ocean …[READ MORE]
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