Aedas International designs Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island
Hotel Indigo opened the Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, the culmination of a five year project.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is set over 29 floors, with 138 individually styled rooms. Wrapping the building is a gold dragon, functioning as an “eco-screen” to counteract hot spots and solar gain. The rooftop has a Skybar and an infinity glass bottomed pool, from which can be seen the Wan Chai neighborhood below.
The hotel was designed by architects at Aedas International. The orientation of the hotel utilizes the shading effect of the neighboring buildings to create a pattern of sun and shade, with the resulting pattern creating a distinct sweep around the building, which the architects expressed through the application of burnished bronze solar fins. The result is the image of a dragon folded around the exterior of the building, rooting the building into the culture and traditions of Asia.
Nearby are the old Wan Chai market and the Flea Market at Canal Road East, as well as Tai Yuen Street and the old colonial Wan Chai Post Office. Wan Chai has many long tau, or tenement houses steeped in history, with many still open as little grocery stores and barber shops reminiscent of the 1960s.
Wan Chai is historically characterized by dense low rise buildings, often with shuttered doors opening out onto upper level balconies, and the property reflected this by including a design of two “picture frame” podium stone elevations on Tai Yuen and McGregor streets. Between the picture frames, facing Queens Road East, is located a re-interpretation of a Chinese tea-house, complete with a sunken garden.
At the helm of Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is general manager Bryan Gabriel.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island has 66 Hotel Indigo Superior Rooms, 66 Hotel Indigo Deluxe Rooms and six Hotel Indigo Premier Suites.
The Hotel Indigo Superior Room measures 322 square feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering sights of Wan Chai, with glimpses of Chinese tenement houses and views of the neighborhood. The rooms are furnished and inspired by the stories of Wan Chai, with a hand-crafted Mosaic wall that has the Post Office, butterflies and dragons. Facilities include a Nespresso coffee machine, in-room surround sound system and WiFi connection.
The Hotel Indigo Deluxe Room, at 355 square feet, offers 90 degree views of the neighborhood, and are appointed with a king-sized bed, Nespresso coffee machine, in-room surround sound system and WiFi connectivity. There is a 70 centimeter tall statue of kung-fu master Lam Jo, each one an original by a local artist. There is also a Chinese tea set near the sofa.
Meanwhile, the Hotel Indigo Premier Suite, measuring 678 square feet, is located on the top floors of the hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a king sized bed, and a living area with surround sound system, bar, and complimentary WiFi connectivity.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island’s other facilities include: the rooftop Skybar, designed by HBA Design Consultants; the rooftop cantilevered and glass-bottomed infinity pool; and dining venue Post on the 2nd floor, with its alfresco terrace area directly opposite to the historic Old Wan Chai Post Office.
For business meetings, the property has the eight-seat boardroom, which has cable modem for high speed Internet, LED TV, Blu-Ray, Stationery, tea, coffee and refreshments, digital projector, white board, and LCD projector.
A 24-hour gym is available, as well as a library.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is owned by Tai Hung Fai Enterprise, which was first established in 1977 by Dr. Edwin Leong.
Hotel Indigo was launched in North America in 2004 and in Asia Pacific in 2008. It has 48 hotels now open and more than 51 in the pipeline.