Designed by T.S. Chu Architects, with interiors by APAC Workshop, Camlux Hotel features a thoughtful incorporation of Hong Kong's vintage industrial style, taking guests on a voyage into the glorious past of Hong Kong's manufacturing industry.
Located on Wang Kwong Road next to the former Kai Tak Airport, the six-storey Camlux Hotel has a coral blue exterior façade, signalling a new era for the former factory for the vacuum flasks building – New Camel House.
Vacuum flasks themselves and details of the factory machinery appear in all the parts and bits of the interior – on the walls in the foyer, reception desk and in the lighting decisions. A three-part mosaic which guests see as they enter are constructed from stainless steel discs used in production. On one wall the mosaic reads: "First Hotel in K Bay" in ocean blue and gold discs, while the centre section displays a camel logo constructed with discs of the same colours, highlighting the Camel brand. The third wall features a world map, pointing to locations where Camel products were exported to over 75 years with a special red disc over Hong Kong, underlining the local heritage of the brand.
The red firebricks from the former company fashion the reception, desk is graced with 100 neatly arranged vacuum flask glass inners. The Hotel foyer is also decorated with a distinctive line of tiles made of raw materials for flasks, such as brass, stainless steel and coloured plastic.
Brass light fixtures by the elevators are modelled after the iconic grooved vacuum flasks, while lampshades in the guestrooms are also up-cycled from the vacuum flasks. Other references to the iconic home ware products include the stainless steel clothes hangers, carpet with industrial-style design inspired by the former factory's blanking pattern, and industrial drawings of the flasks in modern colour combinations, leaving a trail of Hong Kong's glorious manufacturing history in every corner of the Hotel for guests to discover.
"Being a conversion project, the management team embraced the inherent limitations and constraints to create an interesting spatial experience, in terms of room configurations and viewing aspects for our guests. Unlike newly-built projects, these variations are not of superficial décor, but the result of immense physical challenges derived from converting an industrial building into a hotel property," said Mr Calvin Wong, General Manager.
Architects of the project also opened up the patio of the original construction site with two open green courtyards to increase natural light penetration into the heart of the Hotel, providing ample daylight for guestrooms and corridors.