The Kerry Hotel Hong Kong is the latest and most stylish addition to the city’s renowned Victoria Harbour, and the first hotel in 20 years to be built on the Kowloon waterfront. With interiors designed by the renowned architect André Fu, this sixteen storey hotel has been designed as an ‘urban resort’, seeking to evoke an experience of relaxed luxury in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. In order to create a hotel that will serve the needs of both the business and leisure traveller, Fu has sought to bring together the outdoor landscape with the fluid architecture of the interior.

Guests enter through an 8m high hotel lobby with a curvy floor-to-ceiling window that extensively spans 80m in width, via a vast outdoor podium of lush topiary plantations, highlighted with a series of sculptural curving marble walls clad in precious Turkish onyx, akin to the movement of water. Inspired by the harbour, Fu has designed full height laser etched bronze screens which feature throughout the hotel. Situated within the lobby is a lounge with curving banquettes and an oval stone island bar. Furnishings are upholstered in a palette of soft muted shades of mauve, bronze and mineral grey set against beige Boticino marble. A pair of sculptures by the artist Zhu Ming also mark the sense of arrival.

The entrance to the Hung Hom Ballroom on Level 1 is through an oversized pivot door to a gallery that leads to 7 multi-functional event spaces. Decked entirely in washed oak timber panels, the room evokes the atmosphere of a contemporary art space. Custom made wall pendants in cubist glass blocks cast a soft light on the hand painted wall coverings, decorated with artisanal gold patina and embroidered with silhouettes of foliage and garden rock.

One of the hotel’s most exceptional features is the Grand Ballroom on Level 2 – the largest hotel banquet space in Hong Kong. Within this dramatic space, there are major lighting installations of hanging rock crystals and champagne brass as well as lush hand-tufted carpets in soft hues of mineral blue, deep purple and emerald green.

The Big Bay Café on Level 3 is conceived as a culinary journey, with a variety of charming pavilions each dedicated to different cooking methods and characterised by its own language and form. Conceived as the most iconic moment in the hotel journey, the restaurant on Level 7 celebrates the heritage of Hung Hom. Here, Fu has introduced a note of industry that pays a nod to the area’s rich past as a centre for trade. Adjoining Hung Tong is the Red Sugar Bar, decked with an asymmetrical layout of cozy lounge seats and bespoke couches in a palette of oranges and marine greens.

Each of the guest rooms is designed to echo the hotel’s celebration of the harbour. Using a palette of mineral blue, the room features eucalyptus timber, anodised bronze and a carpet of subtle ripple patterns.

 

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[Images courtesy of André Fu. Photography by Michael Weber.]

 

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