Warehouse to Wanderlust: Warehouse-turned hotel in Hong Kong
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong— This former industrial neighbourhood is a tantalizing juxtaposition of old and new: comprised with car workshops and warehouses hidden within huge, retro industrial buildings and teemed with an artistic new crowd frequenting reclaimed heritage buildings, contemporary art galleries, revitalised restaurants, and fashionable furnishing stores.
Conserving this fusion of its city’s urban and contemporary elements, Ovolo Southside—a warehouse-turned hotel– showcases local and international contemporary art against a backdrop of industrial-inspired interior design to channel Hong Kong’s receding historic architecture in a bold and modern way.
Ovolo’s contemporary rustic hotel was designed by award-winning local architectural firm, K plus and Associates and is uniquely positioned at the far end of this industrial terrace. The building enjoys a trio of aspects, affording all who enter unrivalled views across Hong Kong’s verdant topography and the bustling cityscape beyond.
Commenting on the inclusion of Ovolo, Claus Sendlinger, Founder of Design HotelsTM said, “As Hong Kong’s first full-scale warehouse conversion hotel, we see a property that is pushing boundaries – in design and also in location – heralding a new movement in hospitality. By choosing Wong Chuk Hang as the location of the property, Ovolo Southside has undoubtedly become intrinsic to the development and rebranding of this once industrial neighbourhood, into a destination for art, culture and fashion.”
Ovolo Southside’s restaurants and bars echo the hotel’s signature design concept– CIRQLE, the hotel’s restaurant has an expansive open-air terrace overlooking the Southside. When night falls, the hotel’s Lo Lounge comes to life, echoing with the pumping sounds of a guest DJ, a pool table and an array of cocktails. ABOVE, located on the hotel’s rooftop is an open-air bar overlooking Wong Chuk Hang and Shouson Hill with the cable cars of Ocean Park beyond.