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"Hotel 1936 is a new development cum heritage conservation project for a boutique hotel on Prince Edward Road West. The site was originally occupied by a pre-war historic residential block dating back to the 1930s. The heritage building is conserved in a way with the front portion of the heritage building from G/F to roof, including the three storeys verandah and the living area, is retained, restored and revitalized. The preserved portion is integrated with the rear new hotel development." 

 

William Liu, Director at ARK

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While the hotel tower would rise well above the heritage portion of the development, it was important to design a façade that would capture the qualities of architectural history as well as creating a distinctive façade expression for the area. During the design, it was important to acknowledge the Art Deco style of the heritage façade. In the process of research, it was found that the Art Deco style often had different flavors of expression in different part of the world. It was found that Chinese Art Deco like those found in Shanghai often took on lines and patterns associated with Chinese architecture and Chinese art. Hence the tower façade was developed with a façade pattern inspired by Chinese screens and Chinese cabinets. A distinctive Chinese inspired screen pattern was wrapped around the tower to accentuate the volume of the building and create a distinctive signature façade. With the combination of façade night lighting the building becomes a new landmark in the Prince Edward Road West area.

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While the hotel tower would rise well above the heritage portion of the development, it was important to design a façade that would capture the qualities of architectural history as well as creating a distinctive façade expression for the area. During the design, it was important to acknowledge the Art Deco style of the heritage façade. In the process of research, it was found that the Art Deco style often had different flavors of expression in different part of the world. It was found that Chinese Art Deco like those found in Shanghai often took on lines and patterns associated with Chinese architecture and Chinese art. Hence the tower façade was developed with a façade pattern inspired by Chinese screens and Chinese cabinets. A distinctive Chinese inspired screen pattern was wrapped around the tower to accentuate the volume of the building and create a distinctive signature façade. With the combination of façade night lighting the building becomes a new landmark in the Prince Edward Road West area.

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On the 2nd floor, a historic experience floor for the public has been created to showcase original antique elements of the building such as the original fireplace, floor boards, floor tiles, doors, screens, and interior features.

On the 3rd floor is the reception to the hotel. This area has been designed with a striking chequered floor to give the space a historic ambience. Like the historic experience floor, a distinctive green and wall paneling is used on the walls to echo the Art Deco style as well as a throwback to the green colors used in interiors in Hong Kong in the 1950’s.

The hotel rooms continue the contemporary Art Deco style starting with the room in hues of green in combination with dark wood. Geometrical shapes such as the ball light and half circular shape mirrors decorate the room all in the spirit of Art Deco.

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On the 2nd floor, a historic experience floor for the public has been created to showcase original antique elements of the building such as the original fireplace, floor boards, floor tiles, doors, screens, and interior features.

On the 3rd floor is the reception to the hotel. This area has been designed with a striking chequered floor to give the space a historic ambience. Like the historic experience floor, a distinctive green and wall paneling is used on the walls to echo the Art Deco style as well as a throwback to the green colors used in interiors in Hong Kong in the 1950’s.

The hotel rooms continue the contemporary Art Deco style starting with the room in hues of green in combination with dark wood. Geometrical shapes such as the ball light and half circular shape mirrors decorate the room all in the spirit of Art Deco.

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