Ovolo Southside

Hong Kong Island / Hong Kong / 2014

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KplusK associates are an experienced group of Architects Masterplanners and Designers based in Hong Kong, committed to the production of integrated modern Architecture. The Company has established themselves as one of the leading Architects for Luxury Residential, Hotel and Serviced Apartment developments in Asia. With each project, KplusK aim to create highly personalized environments, combining ergonomic and technological concerns, without compromising the pursuit of a dynamic, heterogeneous, sensual viscosity.
KplusK were instrumental in the design and birth of the Ovolo Brand back in 2002. Working closely with the CEO, Mr. Girish Jhunjhnuwala KplusK designed all of Ovolo’s Properties in Hong Kong, the latest that which is this 162-key hotel in Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong.
Wong Chuk Hang was, up until recently, a rundown industrial zone on the south side of Hong Kong Island. The Property has been re-developed as a hotel but the design has striven towards retaining the building’s roots as a raw industrial space.
The building’s interior has been conceived as a utilitarian loft environment, with high raw plaster ceilings, exposed services and industrial grilles. The ambiance is a schizophrenic mixture of the domestic and the utilitarian; workmen’s tool boxes, plaid beds, geometric screens, steel workbenches, bronze mirrors, sumptuous black felt sofas and rust belt frames.
The guestrooms are easy to use. No complicated dimming systems, the environment is a combination of on and off. In keeping with Ovolo’s DNA, the guestrooms offer free mini bar and wifi. The showers and AV systems are generous and Apple TV comes as standard.
The building externally has been renovated as a piece of urban camouflage. It’s old windows are replaced with full height glazing to maximize light and views out. The building’s skin is doused in a razzle dazzle paint effect redolent of a First World War battle cruiser, concealing its presence in the banal environs of it’s neighbors…… until night falls and it comes to life.
We engaged two graffiti crews to work on the building. One from Los Angeles, Cycle, whose work adorns the top floor bar and rooftop garden. The other, a local Hong Kong team, Parents Parents, who were commissioned to enliven the guestroom corridors.
This Ovolo does not have a sumptuous entrance. Instead, it has an impressive multimedia art space pretending to be a carpark. The environment is fully kitted out with an 18-metre long projection wall and nightclub quality sound system, both for ambient use and special events. Essentially, the traditional hotel experience has been subverted……a converted industrial space transformed as a creative art environment eschewing the traditional 5-star lobby. Welcome to Wong Chuk Hang.

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    KplusK associates are an experienced group of Architects Masterplanners and Designers based in Hong Kong, committed to the production of integrated modern Architecture. The Company has established themselves as one of the leading Architects for Luxury Residential, Hotel and Serviced Apartment developments in Asia. With each project, KplusK aim to create highly personalized environments, combining ergonomic and technological concerns, without compromising the pursuit of a dynamic, heterogeneous,...

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