Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express in Kwun Tong, is a 286 key boutique hotel in Hong Kong’s second Central Business District (CBD2). The building has a very narrow frontage and the client requested a strong street presence. This has been achieved with the vividly coloured backdrop to the waiting area, facing the entrance doors.
The backdrop concept is a nest formed by a tangle of branches and twigs with bright flashes of colour reminiscent of iridescent peacock feathers. The nest gives comfort, warmth and protection to the weary traveler, while the peacock reflects beauty and dignity.
The nest wall is fabricated in white Corian while the feathers use stained glass, edge-lit with LEDs. The lobby ceiling is semi-reflective and picks up the glass details giving the illusion of greater height. The random ceiling panel joints suggest branches above, giving further protection.
A sofa and chair arrangement sits in front if the wall around a rough-hewn coffee table, cut cross grain through a tree trunk. The bold colours of the upholstery suggest bird feathers fallen from the nest and scattered around in amongst more natural greens of fallen leaves. A custom carved graded blue kidney shaped area rug lies beneath the wall suggesting a calming pool of water around which the furniture gathers.
The theme continues throughout the hotel in the circulation areas, lift car interiors and into the hotel rooms where the branches turn to green symbolising new growth.
This project has received 6 Design Awards. Please refer to < Awards >