Foster + Partners have transformed an old government building into Hong Kong’s newest luxury hotel, which opened to the public this week. Located on the southern edge of Central with panoramic views of The Peak and the gardens to the south, The Murray reinvents this unique urban quarter – “stitching together the urban fabric by linking the large green spaces flanking the site to the east and west,” stated Foster + Partners.
Luke Fox, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said, “our design for The Murray creates a dialogue between the old and the new – giving the building a new lease of life and a renewed purpose, with a unique sense of character that is embedded within the fabric of the building.”
The building, when it served as the government headquarters, was surrounded by roads as the city was originally planned around the car, making it inaccessible for the pedestrians. In the site’s overhaul, the architects have reconnected the building with the city at ground level, with a new street frontage on Garden Road, and transparent and welcoming ground floor spaces. The landscape grounds have also been enhanced and extended to include a public tai chi area.
The new design retains the facade featuring recessed windows oriented to avoid harsh tropical sunlight. An old tree has also been conserved and now stands as the centerpiece forming hotel’s drop-off and entrance.
“The Murray recalls the tradition of the grand hotels with its distinctive presence. It seeks to redefine the idea of luxury, which is about generosity of space, a sense of calm, and an inherent understanding of how the hotel responds to the needs of the guest. The experience is seamless – from how the guests arrive at the destination, and then travel through the building to the interiors that showcase the inherent beauty of the materials, all coming together within a holistic vision for The Murray,” added Luke Fox.
Founder: Louise Blouin