Marco Polo Gateway Hotel, Hong Kong
Monday 31 Dec 2012
Located on Canton Road, one of the busiest high end shopping districts in Hong Kong, the Gateway Hotel is a retro-fit of a 24 years old hotel which initiated as a proposal by the Interior Design team to rebrand the hotel to bring it in line with the high end retail shoppers who would become the customers of the hotel.
The design challenges the nature of conventional mid-range tourist hotel design with a simple, elegant and artistic approach that complements the fashion worshipers who will frequent the hotel.
The hotel lobby is enclosed in a double height glass box, also conceived by the Interior Designer, which showcased a dramatic artistic installation of an oversized "bird cage" with red glass ribbons "flying" though it. Dark timber and beige marble frame the installation and create a dramatic monochromatic three dimensional quality to the space.
Inside, the lobby is minimalistic in black and white tones catering for the high traffic from the 400+ rooms within the hotel, only one long bench is provided for lobby seating. The goal is to create and Asian Zen garden atmosphere to contrast the energetic retail activities outside.
The All Day Dining is accessible thought the lifts, and the same concept of an Asian calm and sophistication runs through, using also tones of black, grey and white. The All Day Dining, called Three On Canton, consists of three components: A bar lounge, an open kitchen all day buffet, and a fine dining area. Each area is distinguished by shifting proportions of a simple material palette. Other than the reception lobby, the site has low ceiling of 2.3 meters in most places. To create a visually higher ceiling warrants the use of reflective ceiling finishes.