Business With Pleasure
A certain kind of businessman just might be persuaded to curl up in the Eero Aarnio Bubble seat dangling from a chain in half the suites at the East hotel. But what is a fuchsia resin tyrannosaurus doing in the living area?
Craig Kellogg -- Interior Design, 6/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
A certain kind of businessman just might be persuaded to curl up in the Eero Aarnio Bubble seat dangling from a chain in half the suites at the East hotel. But what is a fuchsia resin tyrannosaurus doing in the living area? "It's a bit unusual," William Lim admits.
His CL3 Architects designed the interiors of the 32-story Hong Kong property, the flagship of Swire Pacific's innovative brand of "business hotels with life," he says. The 345 guest rooms eschew the typical shoebox shape with windows on the short end. Instead, most rooms maximize the amount of glass facing Victoria Harbour. Enhancing the spaciousness, there's no bathroom per se; only the toilet and shower are enclosed. Flip a switch, and light fixtures under bedside tables start to glow.
To energize the plain surfaces over the beds, Lim had sheets of vinyl printed and applied to the walls. Signage on the restaurant windows is also vinyl. In the restaurant bar, vinyl film with a blackened stainless-steel sheen wraps paneling to create a contrasting backdrop for a flutter of orange-painted steel butterflies. And vinyl digitally printed with a white-on-black tree graphic is stretched over a light box in reception.
Reception's cantilevered desk, a slim white oblong of internally lit solid-surfacing, contrasts like yin and yang with the apparent haphazardness of the nearby staircase: Its crisscrossing timber elements recall Herzog & de Meuron's "bird's nest" stadium 1,200 miles away in Beijing. -Craig Kellogg
Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot.
SONIK INTERIOR CONTRACTING CO.: CUSTOM STOOLS (RESTAURANT), CUSTOM BED, SOFA, DESK, TABLE (SUITE), CUSTOM TABLES (RESTAURANT).
RICARDO LIGHTING COMPANY: LINEAR FIXTURES (RECEPTION).
CHEIL INDUSTRIES: CUSTOM DESK.
KA SHING MARBLE: FLOORING.
VITRA: CHAIR (SUITE).
ADELTA: HANGING SEAT.
MODY CURTAIN: CUSTOM BLINDS.
SECTO DESIGN: PENDANT FIXTURES (RESTAURANT).
MAX DESIGN: CUSTOM CHAIRS.
MAHARAM: CHAIR FABRIC, BANQUETTE FABRIC.
AKZO NOBEL SWIRE PAINTS: PAINT.
WONG TUNG & PARTNERS: ARCHITECT OF RECORD.
L'OBSERVATOIRE INTERNATIONAL: LIGHTING CONSULTANT.
MARC & CHANTAL DESIGN: GRAPHICS CONSULTANT.
SHEN MILSOM WILKE: AUDIOVISUAL CONSULTANT.
WESTWOOD HONG & ASSOCIATES: ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANT.
OVE ARUP & PARTNERS: STRUCTURAL ENGINEER.
J. ROGER PRESTON: MEP.
CHALLENGE PACIFIC: WOODWORK.
B.S.C. INTERIOR CONTRACT ENGINEERING: RECESSED CEILING FIXTURES, GLASSWORK, WOODWORK.
HIP HING CONSTRUCTION CO.: GENERAL CONTRACTOR.