Murray Hotel (Architecture + Interior) @ Foster + Partners
Built in the 1970s, the Murray Building is an iconic landmark. A distinctive presence on the city’s skyline with its deep square punched windows, brilliant white façade, and majestic arches at ground level, an integral part of the city’s architectural heritage. The building is an early exemplar of sustainable design and is inextricably linked with the green network of the city, located in between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens. The aim is to renew and adapt a government office building into a unique luxury hotel destination.
The design team has setout to create a dialogue between the old and the new – a building that is familiar but has been given a new lease of life and a new purpose. The design intent for The Murray has been to rediscover the romance of going to a hotel. In revealing a real sense of arrival, a private forecourt with the historic cotton tree at its centre forms the hotel drop-off and entrance, from here the visitors walk through the majestic arches rising three stories from the ground level into the hotel lobby. An elegant staircase connects to the Garden Level encompassing a beautiful lounge and restaurant. Eight large lifts take guests to the upper levels which contain the guest rooms, where the strong geometry of the facade frames stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline and the lush gardens that surround the site.
The roof terrace was designed as a continuation of the green landscape, hence it becomes the centre of attraction. The rooftop has been designed as a transparent glass pavilion setback from the building facade on a roof terrace with a bar and café overlooking the city to allow visitors new public spaces on the roof.
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