The Hong Kong Asia Society commissioned reknowned New York-based Architects to create a landmark building as a home for their new headquarters. The result is a magnificent architectural feat and an opportunity for unique and creative interior experiment.
Built by the British army in the mid-19th century, the former explosives magazine compound is a culturally and historically significant site.
The Ammo restaurant not only references its prestigious context but pays tribute to it aesthetically and conceptually. With such a significant site comes inspiration drawn from a significant film noir masterpiece-Alphaville. A French science fiction film directed by Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s. Not only is the cinematography noteworthy for interior inspiration, the plot of freedom fighters removing themselves from a world of sci-fi dystopia and dictatorship of Alphaville chimes with the military history of the
The central feature of the space are a set of three sculptural spiral staircase chandeliers constructed purely out of copper plumbing pipes. The shades of the chandeliers are crafted out of
bent copper mesh and rods. These raw materials reference those used in military and industrial settings.
The spiral staircase is a recurring theme within the Alphaville film. Within the restaurant, we utilized it to draw the viewers attention to the 6 meters high ceiling as well as to create a dramatic and
dynamic effect within the space.
The bunker-like ceiling is supported by copper ribs and lit warmly to further reference the explosives magazine history. Diners will find themselves in a space that begs them to question the significance of its context. Under careful study of materials and detailing, the diners will be rewarded with clues as to ascertain the site’s history.
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