André Fu brings contemporary chic to the new harbourfront Hotel VIC in historical North Point
Opened in July, the 671-room Hotel VIC in North Point is the latest Hong Kong hotel to marry a harbourside location with urban design. Its "urban reflections" theme captures the cityscape and casts it back at guests and diners. Complementing tactile, modern elements – interlocking marble screens and textured glass fittings – are two contemporary artworks: a sculpture by Mexican-Peruvian artist Aldo Chaparro and an installation by Canadian 3D artist David Spriggs. The art pieces and urban aesthetics set the tone for the rest of the hotel, including the lobby and two restaurants designed by André Fu's studio, AFSO.
In the lobby, guests' first impressions are of bold geometrics – glass cubes, interlocking straight timber posts – that signal an urban story, underpinned with steely greys and polished brass. Generous use of glass in fittings and accessories refracts light to provide a shimmery, watery ambience that fits with the hotel's geography.North Point is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Hong Kong and Fu took advantage of "the tension that the juxtaposition of the new hotel and its original context" creates. As a result, Hotel VIC's two destination-dining outlets, The Farmhouse and Cruise, tap local heritage while providing diners with a wholly modern restaurant experience.
The Farmhouse, a barn-style, semi-private dining space blends past and present with an open kitchen, trussed timber roof, polished woods and natural stone. The delicately nautical Cruise (dark woods, curved seating) on the 25th floor, emphasises the influence of the working harbour below and the new cruise terminal at Kai Tak, both visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows and from the terrace.