thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong
thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong
aug 01, 2012

thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong

‘sheung wan hotel’ by thomas heatherwick

designed by british architect thomas heatherwick, sheung wan hotel is a forty-storey hotel for the sheung wan district of hong kong, an area known for its distinct smell of seafood hanging and piled high in shop fronts.

unlike other hotel projects which usually consist of reconstructing new interiors within existing buildings, these accommodations have been conceived from scratch whereby the interior and exterior of the structure are connected physically as well as aesthetically.

the concrete construction is composed of many metal boxes – of four different sizes – manufactured using folded-metal technology, a process typically used for making air conditioning ducts and water tanks. heatherwick has employed this geometric element as a means of interpreting familiar objects found in a hotel room – bed, windo, mini-bar, safe and a place to keep the iron. within each suite, the furniture and fittings are composed of a different arrangement of square components. on the interior, boxes are lined with bronze and coated with rigid insulation foam or upholstered to make beds or seats. the projected facade itself continues the use of this stacked element, made-up of thousands of these boxes, offering a textural edifice that relates to the current streetscape, different from the typical sleek, smooth surfaces found on new developments.

thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong rendering of the hotel

thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong the facade of the building is composed of thousands of boxes offering a textural edifice

thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong multiple boxes of four different sizes are used to form the overall construction of the building

thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong interior view from which the boxes making up the facade are made into seats or beds

thomas heatherwick: sheung wan hotel, hong kong conceptual sketch

  • please let it get built there is nothing else comparable

  • i am usually a fan. but this time, heatherwick can do so better than this. It doesn’t add to anything spatially inside and the exterior looks like a elementary grasshopper exercise.

  • I agree with Love HK. Hong Kong is one of the best skylines I have ever seen. The design seems to reflect the buildings directly adjacent to it. Look at the first image, the buildings in the distance, with their deep set balconies and windows, can be seen in the variations in the surface.

  • orangeblowfish thinks HK skyline is so boring and uninteresting?!?!?
    Hong Kong has one of the best skylines in the world with many well designed skyscrapers and buildings. The views on both sides of the Victoria Harbour are world famous. It is far from boring and uninteresting!

    And I agree with most of the comments here. Interesting concept but that\’s about it.

    Love HK
  • This looks like a second year studio project about surface texture, bas relief and pattern. Where is the big idea other than, say re-styling a hotel’s facade?

    Big Jim
  • I hope its only a concept.

  • I’m almost sure they made the model with sugar cubes

  • what the hell are you doing mr. ……., c’mon be serious

  • i love this! HK skyline is so boring and uninteresting this will be a unique building and welcome addition. however form should always meet function and the architects should take note of the comments made here. how will the building be functionally cleaned on a month to month basis?

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