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DESIGNING AN ICON


There’s a reason why Hotel ICON looks so stylish; some of the world’s top designers have worked on it. We take a look at who did what


interior design by William lim


architectUre by rocco Yim


Rocco Yim is one of Hong Kong's most prominent design architects. His prac- tice has been responsible for the design of many of the defining buildings in the region including the International Finance Centre, Hong Kong Station and Guangdong Museum. “What attracted me to this project was the promise that the design was to be chosen from an architec- tural competition. This was, and still is in Hong Kong, a rare arrangement, but it showed the client's commit- ment to good design from the start,” explains Yim. “The finished building manages to project a strong visual identity which is not just an object to be looked at, but a three-dimensional spatial composition.”


William Lim was responsi- ble for the interior design of Hotel ICON. Throughout the hotel, his use of circular themes and motifs is a delib- erate technique to create a sense of space and harmony. Hong Kong-born designer Lim mixes modern trends with traditional architectural ele- ments, to give the hotel a sense of place and to create cultural touchstones.


interior design by conran & Partners


Conran & Partners, founded by Terence Conran, were the designers of the restau- rants Above & Beyond and The Market. Conran says that the biggest challenge of the project was “creating something that set [the res- taurants] apart from their competitors, given that there was an abundance of both types of spaces already in existence in Hong Kong."


Uniform design by Barney cheng


The creator of Hotel ICON's uniforms, Barney Cheng is one of Hong Kong's most famous style gurus. Cheng says Hatter gave him free reign to come up with the design, requesting only that the uniforms be part of a ‘collection’ that the hotel staff could mix and match on their own – something he describes as a “fresh, more creative process.”


Vertical garden by dr Patrick Blanc


The vertical garden at Hotel ICON was designed by Patrick Blanc, the French creator of the vertical greenery con- cept and a botanist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. It’s the largest one-piece vertical gar- den in Asia. Blanc says Hotel Icon’s air quality, “adds to the psychological and relaxing wellbeing of all the persons standing or sitting just in front of it.“


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