The Hari hotel brand plants its London roots in the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling district with the handsome interiors designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners.
30 June, 2021
Emerging out of the pandemic lull, the hospitality industry in Hong Kong is abuzz with the opening of The Hari Hong Kong. The modern and dynamic hotel, designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners, sits right at home at the intersection of the commercial Causeway Bay and artistic Wan Chai neighbourhoods, lending a distinct sense of place to the bones of the hotel by drawing inspiration from the culture, history and atmosphere of Wan Chai.
Following the success of The Hari London which opened in 2016, the hotel brand’s second property in Hong Kong embraces the formula of merging contextual and personal references in the design of the hotel. Having worked with the owner of the hotel chain and the chairman of the Harilela Hotels Ltd, Dr. Aron Harilela, Bernerd, the founder of her eponymous firm, infused Harilela’s signature style into the selection of materials and textures for The Hari Hong Kong.
“Like a fine tailored suit, the hotel brings a London attitude to Hong Kong,” says Bernerd about her stylistic collaboration with Dr. Harilela. “Masculine yet approachable, the design provides a warm welcome across all aspects of the property from the bedrooms to the dining concepts.”
With a rich selection of textures and lush, decadent colours and tones, Bernerd aimed to emphasise the home-away-from-home feel throughout the interiors of The Hari Hong Kong. Indeed, this immersion into a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city can be palpable right at the point of arrival, where large windows forge a connection from the outside to the inside and a palette of amber leathers fits harmoniously with the grey marble floor and timber panelling. A sculptural concierge desk adds a touch of elegance with a combination of stately marble, bronze and dark timber.
The modern masculine approach extends into the rooms of the hotel, creating seamless connections between the public and private spaces. The suites feature a warm palette of grey and navy tweeds and velvets, contrasted against the striking yellows of the sofas. Dark timbers used for the flooring and the wardrobes add a layer of richness to the overall design scheme.
King and twin rooms feature open-plan configurations that bring light and air into the interiors while making it possible to include a two-seater sofa in spatial layouts that encourage guests to linger in their rooms a while longer. Throughout, mid-century and contemporary furnishings, many of which designed exclusively for the hotel, bring out the essence of a stay in a chic Hong Kong home.
To round up a satisfying hotel stay with a sophisticated dining experience, Bernerd and her team carved out spaces for The Hari Hong Kong’s two signature restaurants – Lucciola and Zoku. Lucciola transports a bit of Italy to Hong Kong with a selection of patterned floor tiles, green plaster walls and a grand, green marble bar. Meanwhile, Zoku brings out the drama full force with its pink and red dining booths, and a ceiling composed of asymmetrical, angled timber slats that lend a nod to the Japanese cuisine.
With a consistent approach, the charm of The Hari’s original London location translates well within the context of Hong Kong. This is thanks to Bernerd’s balanced strategy of mixing the brand’s signature and personal style with location-specific references. For business travellers and trendsetters alike, this is a welcome escape in the middle of bustling Wan Chai.
Client: The Harilela Group
Location: Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Architect: Atkins China Limited
Interior Designer: Tara Bernerd & Partners
Project Manager: Yuki Leung
Project Team: Tara Bernerd, Tommy Gymnander, Sam Mingshum Lo, Louise Pittas, Michelle Hughes, Stephanie Weatherly, Siri Lindblad
Project Management: F+G
Lighting Designer: Inhabit Group
C&S Engineer: Inhabit Group
M&E Engineer: WSP HK Limited
Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis Hong Kong Limited
Structural (Facade & Joinery): WSP HK Limited
Procurement Agent: PS Asia
Date of completion: December 2020
Time to complete: 51 months
Site area: 626 sqm
Total floor area: 9,350 sqm, including BoH
Finishes: Antique brass windows at Entrance and fluted glass windows at Zoku from Crittall Windows
Lighting: Marty II and Delhi II table lamps at 1st Floor Lobby from Pletz Made, Riddle table lamps at 1st Floor Lobby from Bert/Frank, Bruno double arm floor lamp at 1st Floor Lobby from Rejuvenation
Furniture: Frame armchair at 1st Floor Lobby from Out of Stock Hong Kong, Gio Ponti armchair at 1st Floor Lobby from Molteni&C, Belgravia side table at 1st Floor Lobby from Eichholtz,
Artwork: Art pieces at 1st Floor Lobby, Entrance Lobby, Penthouse Suites, Lucciola, and Zoku from Artlogic
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