Award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang overcomes the challenges of working with a tough budget and a heritage site to come up with creative solutions for her newest projects, the Isono Eatery & Bar, and Vasco
With adversity comes innovation, and that's the essence of interior design firm Joyce Wang's recently completed twin projects — Isono Eatery & Bar, and Vasco.
The interior design practice worked with Drawing Room Concepts, a Hong Kong-based restaurant group, having previously worked together on Ammo, a European fine dining restaurant in Hong Kong. This time, the brief was to design Isono and Vasco, located on the 6th and 7th floors respectively of PMQ, a new cultural hub in Central district.
The restaurants feature cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Paolo Casagrande: Isono serves authentic, affordable Mediterranean-inspired dishes, while Vasco is a Spanish fine dining outlet. Joyce Wang, owner of Wang design firm, says her team had to work with "one of the toughest budgets ever". Moreover, the site fell under the scrutiny of various heritage building institutions, so Wang and her team were constantly challenged to devise creative solutions without sacrificing the design integrity of their scheme.
She cites the floating private balcony at Vasco as an example of overcoming these challenges creatively — the balcony is a newly-built suspended slab supported by the bones of the heritage building. "Instead of a completely enclosed private room, we created a skeletal structure to keep the massing to a minimum while retaining privacy with suspended copper cables for its 'walls'," explains the interior designer.
"The private balcony is monumental and brutalist in form, with its armature-like silhouette and woven copper cabling, which we've used in order to create an intimate retreat."This is a preview of the "Double delight” article from the December 2014 issue of Perspective magazine.