Townplace West Kowloon
Hong Kong
2024

A vibrant boutique hotel in the new arts and cultural district

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Townplace West Kowloon belongs to a new generation of hotels that cultivates a communal sense of belonging and social dynamics. Embracing West Kowloon’s unique location as the nexus of cargo terminals and now of arts and culture, Townplace West Kowloon is a dynamic meeting port for people from different parts of the world.

Inspired by streetscape in Hong Kong, the spatial experience designed by LAAB Architects embraces a sense of “chaotic harmony” composed by a collection of diverse and heterogenous material system. With well-equipped amenities in various social spaces, the lobby, gym, and club offer expanded functionality without losing their specificity. Guests can work, dine, and play in any space that speaks to their mood anytime, anywhere.

LAAB designed the social spaces, and some of the suites, as well as co-curated an art collection featuring Hong Kong artists, to create a socially engaging and culturally rich experience.

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Lobby

The Lobby is envisioned as a scene that draws people together in a place with multifaceted purposes ― café and bar, lifestyle retail, co-working, and events. LAAB reinterpreted the grand lobby from a single large volume to a collage of individualities like that of the neighborhood in West Kowloon.

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An eclectic mix of refined and industrial finishes mixed with natural, raw materials, together with an organic configuration of furniture, the spatial design naturally extends the interior to the exterior landscape. A stackable set of blocks at the lift lobby welcomes the Towners to reconfigure the space for various kinds of events. A digital art mural was created by LAAB to visualize the rhythmic movement of the lifts, transforming the daily mundane into fun and engaging artwork.

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25/F Flavour Lounge / Think Tank / High Bar

25/F is curated in three different moods and vibes for different activities and interactions, including an industrial space, a playful area, and a natural zone. In contrast with traditional hotel arrangements, there is no specific restaurant, bar, or business center. Guests can work, meet, and play anywhere on this floor, enjoying various kinds of facilities offered.

Flavour Lounge is a green space with timber and natural materials, offering a relaxing and chill mood that connects with the outdoor garden lounge. It offers communal kitchens, hotpot stations, bento kiosks, craft workshops, and party rooms. There is also a loose boundary between the interior and exterior at the Flavour Lounge, inviting residents and their guests to enjoy the harbor view from the indoor or on the outdoor terraces.

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Think Tank is a refined industrial space offering soundproofed rooms, and various sets of seatings catering to a broad range of activities, from work collaboration and reading groups to movie nights, gaming, and wine tasting.

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High Bar is a cool and playful space that provides a bar, automated beer taps, and lounge seatings. The partitioned space can be combined into a big private space for parties or dinner events.

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26/F Skybound pool / Beast Studio / Mindful Studio

Walking up the stacking stair to the 26/F, the dual gyms offer dual workout experiences ― Mindful Studio – a soft and mindful space for yogis to rewind, and Beast Studio – a tough and raw studio for high-intensity workout activities. Advanced equipment, such as a body analytic system, is also offered to assist in fitness training. 

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Suites

Designed for both short-stay and long-stay guests, the Suites are carefully planned to maximize the connection between the interior and the outdoor views. A high diversity of living units accommodates various lifestyles and personalities, with a single mission to make each suite highly functional and comfortable.

Plenty of storage is provided, while the pantry and desks are designed as a coherent system that provides maximum counter space. The sofas are reconfigurable modules that are large enough for sleepovers.

The soft and warm material palette is inspired by the colors found in the neighborhoods of West Kowloon, which offer vibrancy and a warm sense of home.

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interior design, art curation, art installation

2024

West Kowloon, Hong Kong

374,000 sqft

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Odd and Ends, Inverse Lightings, Lightlink, P&T, Aedas, Arup, ARTA, New Office Works, Conran & Partners

Sim Chan, Ghost Mountain Field, June Ho, Kristopher Ho, Bo Law, Pearl Law, Jonathan Jay Lee, Ticko Liu, Chino Ng

Otto Ng, Ethan Chan, Louis Leung, Cynthia Kuo, Winson Man, Charis Liu, Daisy Lam, Raphael Kwok, Catherine Cheng, Andy Yip, Brian Cheung, Julian Lo, Jacky Chau, Emily Fok, Yazh Yip, Reagan Lee, Miu Pun, Benji Poon, Nancy Tsui, Alan Leung