Exploring the notion of “urban archeology” in its industrially-aware conversion from a former warehouse—well suited for art installations and graffiti—Ovolo Southside positions itself as an art and design destination as much as a trendy hotel.
Hong Kong’s first warehouse-turned-hotel, Ovolo Southside is something you might expect to find more in New York’s Meatpacking District than in Wong Chuk Hang. The hotel references the area’s industrial past in its design, as seen in the exposed concrete and brick façade, and the utilitarian design of its Lo Lounge.
Graffiti and art installations spread throughout the Ovolo’s public spaces are a striking mix. The hotel has collaborated with cutting edge local artists and creative agencies in order to realize its remarkable vision. Hong Kong-based collective Parent’s Parents have animated the hotel’s corridors with graphic motifs and stenciled messages that play on daily routines.
As with all good design, the hotel does not take itself too seriously. Case in point, a Mao-style meeting room that offers reclining leather armchairs against an exotic Chinese fabric wall, instead of boardroom style seating.
Maintaining the warehouse’s original structure, each room is unique in shape and size. Mid-century inspired utilitarian steel furniture comes together with heavy-duty fixtures and fittings, while concrete facades complete the industrial-chic look. Big loft-style windows let in plenty of daylight.
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