The Murray, Hong Kong is set to stand out as a veritable gem
The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel is a high-pro le preservation project – part of the city’s Conservation Central plan. The impressive redesign challenge has been undertaken by internationally- acclaimed Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design. Elements of the original architecture have been sensitively preserved including the signature windows which allow suf cient light through without the morning sun directly penetrating the glass panes. This modernist feature has won the building awards for energy conservation, 20 years after it was built. Stephen Ng, Chairman and Managing Director of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited stated, “If Hong Kong is the Pearl of the Orient, then The Murray will be the diamond of Hong Kong – and diamonds are forever.”
Dr Jennifer Cronin, President, Wharf Hotels says the opening of the Murray in early 2018 will be a major step forward for the group: “The Murray, Hong Kong will rmly establish the spiritual home base for our luxury brand, Niccolo Hotels, which debuted in 2015 and has proven to be a resounding success as Chengdu’s market leader, within its luxury competitor set. Niccolo Chongqing opened in September 2017 and the Murray will build on this foundation and take Niccolo to an even higher dimension of guest experiences for captains of industry and leaders in style. At the same time, as a Hong Kong born company we intend to celebrate a truly iconic landmark city for our global city – especially since Asia is now experiencing the moving economic power of gravity to the East.”
The new design retains elements of tradition while adapting to the needs of the sophisticated contemporary traveller. The hotel’s Director of Communications, Anton Kilayko explains:
IF HONG KONG IS THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT, THEN THE MURRAY WILL BE THE DIAMOND OF HONG KONG – AND DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
“From an aesthetic point of view, the interiors will feature black and white Calacatta Marble, accentuated by polished metal in a signature bronze stainless steel finish, leather surfaces, exquisite fabrics from Italy and handmade glass permitting an abundance of natural daylight.”
In an interview with Foster + Partners, Armstrong Yakubu, a Partner of the rm expressed the following insight to designing contemporary, urban, chic spaces at The Murray: “We wanted our design to express a sense of integrity. We have stripped the building back to its original form, revealing the clean lines and volumes that are characteristic of the Murray Building. We have carefully intervened within the historic fabric to bring the building up to modern day environmental and technical standards without losing its unique identity. Our design also takes advantage of the building’s geometry to create uniquely orientated room layouts that will give The Murray a distinctive character”.
Photo: The Murray, Grand room