W HOTEL HONG KONG
W Hotels’ first Chinese outpost was the new 393 room W Hotel Hong Kong located on the harbour in the buzzing financial district of West Kowloon. Over an 18 month period, from concept to completion, the developers Sun Hung Kai Properties enlisted an internationally recognised team comprising LoveArt, Sydney’s interior design firm Nicholas Graham & Associates, Tokyo-based designers Glamorous and Melbourne’s Fabio Ongarato Design.
Working closely with Sun Hung Kai Properties and their design teams for the public spaces. LoveArt argued for a shift in curatorial focus from The Enchanted Forrest theme to a more theoretically resolved Nature and the imagination. Suspended spectacularly over the entrance Bul’s work dripps with metal, crystal and glass to invoke the idea of crazy, excessive stalactites in a futuristic cave with awe and grandeur.
Michael Parekowhai's The Ghost of of Gondwanaland is positioned in the hotel's function room. A Steinway concert grand piano balances on the nose of a seal, presenting elements of form (gravity, mass, shape, composition) in a theatrical fashion. The shape of the sculpture also represents the shape of Gondwana, a large southern land mass that existed around 200 million years ago before the current continents broke away. The work mocks our use of natural history as entertainment – the stuff of the Discovery Chanel on cable TV.
Jennifer Steinkamp reconfigured her wall installation Rapunzel to feature in a custom made oversized LED screen behind the welcome desk. In a maze of colour and movement it animates the lobby all day.