Above: A view of the city from InterContinental Hong Kong’s new lobby.
In addition to housing one of the world’s most expensive hotel rooms (the presidential suite),Â InterContinental Hong Kong is knownÂ for some of the mostÂ gloriousÂ views to be had of the Pearl of the Orient from its lobby, which has now been updated after an extensive redesign by architectural firmÂ Woods Bagot.
The design anchor point has been to capture the lobbyâ€™s sunset panorama of the city from its prime position on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbor. Metallic shades of silver and bronze have been used to confer a sense of warmth on the interior, consolidated by the waves and contours in the lobbyâ€™s Brintons-designed carpets.
Natural light took a central role in the design visionâ€”table tops are made of tinted glass with copper frames, maximizing the light pouring in from the lobbyâ€™s wrap-around glass faĂ§ade.
The centerpiece is a two-ton piece of art made from African padouk and rosewood, as well as American burled poplar,Â designed byÂ Jake Walker of Beijing-based design studio Ballistic Architecture Machine.
18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon;Â 852/2721-1211;Â hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com.