Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon CBD2

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Hospitality: Hotel and Resort
  • Company/Firm
    Richards Basmajian
  • Lead Designer
    Bernice Leung
  • Design Team
    Elsie Leung/Edwin Wong/Vinji Wong/Freddy Ng
  • Architect
    Rocco Design
  • Interior Designer
    Richards Basmajian
  • Const. Company
    Pat Davie
  • Photo Credit
    Grischa Rüschendorf
  • Location
    97 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
  • Project Date
    November 2018

The new 286 key Holiday Inn Express in Hong Kong Kowloon CBD2 has a narrow frontage and the client asked for a strong presence when looking from the street. This has been achieved with the vividly coloured backdrop to the waiting area, facing the clear glass entrance door.

While seemingly abstract, the backdrop represents a nest formed by a tangle of branches and twigs with bright flashes of colour suggesting peacock feathers. The nest gives comfort, warmth and protection to the weary traveller.

The nest wall is fabricated in white Corian while the feathers use stained glass, edge-lit with LEDs. The lobby ceiling is semi-reflective and picks up the glass details giving the illusion of greater height. The panel joints suggest branches higher up the tree.

The theme continues throughout the hotel and into the hotel rooms where the branches turn to green symbolising new growth.