HOTELS (OVER 200 ROOMS) -
Location: No. 17, Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong Date Completed: April 2011 Architect: Rocco Design Architects Ltd Interior Designer: CL3 Architects Ltd Overall Description of the project: Founded and owned by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the SHTM and Hotel ICON Complex represents the global centre of excellence in education and research in hospitality and tourism. It brings together the longstanding excellence of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) in hospitality education, and PolyU’s commitment to continually support the Hong Kong, regional and international hospitality and tourism industries. By nurturing and empowering tomorrow’s leaders, it aims to make Hong Kong one of the best cities and tourist destinations in the world. Renowned local designers, among of which are alumni of Polytechnic University, paid tribute to their root through participation in this project and in return, supporting the future generation. Design Brief: Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hotel ICON is a testament to the creativity of Hong Kong designers. Celebrated local architects reveal the breadth of their talent through their innovative design and reflect the cultural heart of the city, making Hotel ICON a true Hong Kong landmark. Hotel ICON holds a very unique position, with a strong architectural sense, elegant yet clean and contemporary, while thoroughly reflects the characteristics of HK -- creative energy, vibrant art scene, the mix of Chinese and Western culture, the spirit and dynamics of Hong Kong. It also operates as a research and training facility for the esteemed School and Hotel of Tourism Management (SHTM) of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Rocco Yim, co- founder of Rocco Design Architects Ltd, designed Hotel ICON and had the added challenge of integrating the School’s academic facilities and faculty members’ residences into the design. His objective was to create a cohesive, unified design that could cater to the functional needs of both the SHTM and the Hotel and allow the two to retain operational independence. Favourite/ Key Aspect of the project: To take advantage of the harbourside location, Rocco Yim used an all-glass exterior, allowing an abundance of natural light and offering guests spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. For Hotel ICON interiors, William Lim, Managing Director of CL3 Architects Ltd, explores the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang. Using circular themes and motifs, William brings a sense of space and harmony to the interiors. The twirling staircase and circular seating in the lobby evoke a mood of fluidity and contemporary elegance. Mixing modern trends with traditional elements, William adds cultural touchstones to his design. The elaborate handcrafted iron gates flanking the lobby’s Green café, for example, pay tribute to a fading artform, as well as Hong Kong’s architectural traditions. Another homegrown fashion designer, Vivienne Tam, also contributed to Hotel ICON. The world-renowned designer created The VT Suite, a signature suite in striking red, is slated to open in 2012. Another highlight lies in the Asia's largest indoor vertical garden located in the Hotel ICON lobby. Celebrated French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc designed the eye-catching artwork, which measures 18m in height and covers 230 sq m. Consisting of 7,800 native plants of 75 species, the vertical garden reinforces the uniqueness of Hong Kong and its distinct nature. Why does the design work so well?: What sets this project apart from other hotels is it has an educational mission for the development of tourism industry in Hong Kong. Because of this mission and will be used by guests and students, it would need to inspire. Various celebrated local architects and artists have worked on the project for four years to break new grounds in hotel design in order to inspire, to rethink everything about conventional hotels and how to move this to the next level. By studying every aspect of the design, working closely with the architect to re-plan, such as to relocate the grand stair, in order to rethink about the flow of the hotel, all devoting efforts have gradually brought the hotel to life. Standing as a stylish testament to Hong Kong’s creative energy and vibrant arts scene, Hotel ICON showcases work from the city’s celebrated designers and visionaries. Hotel ICON is ranked among Hong Kong’s most symbolic landmarks and the first of its kind in Asia. Final Thoughts/ Any other information: Hotel ICON also collaborated with Conran & Partners, headed by design veteran Sir Terence Conran, to oversee Hotel ICON’s F&B Outlets. Located on the 28th floor, the Chinese restaurant Above & Beyond is styled to resemble an upmarket, private club. Hand-picked books and eclectic Asian artifacts line the library shelves, creating an intimate, relaxed space while the spectacular floor-to-ceiling views add to the allure. Conran & Partners also designed The Market, the international buffet focusing on Pan-Asian delicacies. Inspired by the iconic wet markets of Hong Kong, the market-style eatery features open kitchens and an array of international dishes.