Monday, February 15, 2010

The Upper House, Hong Kong.

It's no secret that I am a fan of boutique hotels, although the term boutique hotels now is rather loose. It used to be used for hotels which had anything from 3 - 50 rooms, then it was used to label hotels that had under 100 rooms. Now it is for a small hotel that does not belong to a big hotel chain that provides personalised services.

The Upper House is the sister hotel of The Opposite House in Beijing. The Opposite House has already earned its status as legendary. With that, The Upper House has a lot to live up to. However, with the help of Cambridge trained architect, Andre Fu. Andre Fu is the most sought after boutique design guru in Hong Kong. He graduated from Cambridge in 2000 and in that same year, he set up AFSO. He is the protege of renown architect, John Pawson.

I love how clean the design of the hotel is. The selection of cream, oak and greys through out the hotel, exudes a certain elegant, yet easy charm. Located in the heart of Hong Kong, on the upper floors of Pacific Place, the 117 room hotel boasts beautiful views of Victoria Harbour and the Peak. The rooms are known to be the largest in Hong Kong with bathrooms with sizes of 300 sq ft and featuring walk-in rain showers. The two kinds of wood chosen for the hotel; creme oak and bamboo were chosen because they are environmentally friendly. The paints used are also environmentally friendly. This is a fine example of being environmentally friendly does not mean that you need to compromise on design.

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