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), InterContinental Hong Kong is known for some of the most glorious views to be had of the Pearl of the Orient from its lobby, which has now been updated after an extensive redesign by architectural firm Woods Bagot.
The design anchor point has been to capture the lobby’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 lobby’s Brintons-designed carpets.
Natural light took a central role in the design vision—table tops are made of tinted glass with copper frames, maximizing the light pouring in from the lobby’s wrap-around glass façade.
The centerpiece is a two-ton piece of art made from African padouk and rosewood, as well as American burled poplar, designed by Jake Walker of Beijing-based design studio Ballistic Architecture Machine.
18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; 852/2721-1211; hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com.