Ovolo Hotels announced the summer 2014 opening of Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong’s first New York-style warehouse conversion by Design Hotels. Located within a former industrial building, Ovolo enlisted various local and international artists to transform the space into an interactive design stage that will showcase contemporary art against a backdrop of industrial-inspired interior design, channeling Hong Kong’s receding historic architecture in a bold modern way.
Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong’s maiden warehouse-to-hotel conversion. Originally designed in 1976, the former multi-use industrial building now has 162 open-plan guestrooms, a 24-hour gym and a collection of social spaces.
Ovolo Southside will also have Ovolo Hotels’ menu of first-to-market all-inclusive services. The hotel offers free breakfast and Happy Hour social drinks daily, alongside free daily replenished in-room minibar, self-service laundry facilities and flexible check out.
Ovolo Southside provides free Wi-Fi for guests in the hotel, plus access to over 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across Hong Kong, while an AV system includes Apple TV and 3D Smart TVs in every room.
Designed by local architectural firm K plus K Associates, the hotel uses urban decor to transition from its warehouse architecture to an art and design destination. Throughout the hotel, mid-century-inspired steel furniture and heavy duty fixtures and fittings are accented by poured concrete floors and tactile walls of burnished wood and exposed brickwork. Overhead, a maze of bare-steel water pipes and foil-clad air-conditioning pipes surge across exposed ceilings. Clean lines and reflective surfaces feature throughout, while floor to ceiling windows flood rooms with natural daylight. Positioned at the far end of this industrial terrace, the building enjoys a trio of aspects, affording all who enter views across Hong Kong’s topography and the cityscape beyond.
Ovolo enlisted various artists for the property. Hong Kong-based collective Parent’s Parents were among the first artists to leave their mark. Viewing Ovolo and the greater Southside district as barometers of Hong Kong’s industrial revolution, their graffiti along the hotel’s corridors – juxtaposing Pop Art-inspired messages and graphic motifs – is a symbol of urban renewal, encapsulating the industrial transition of Hong Kong with stenciled messages that also play on daily routines. Likewise, Los Angeles’ duo Cyrcle’s series of murals across the hotel’s rooftop and interiors are depictions of the narratives of the workers who drove Hong Kong’s industrial activity and later, its revolution. The works of other artists will also be displayed throughout the hotel, including installations designed to be projected across a specially-designed 18-meter video wall which solely illuminates the ground floor gallery.
Ovolo Southside was selected to become a member of the collection of Design Hotels.
Inspired by the gatherings of Communist Party cadres, B.I.G. is a take on a Mao-style meeting room. The room foregoes the conventional boardroom framework in favor of a collection of reclining leather armchairs lining padded walls of Chinese floral fabric. The armchairs can also be reconfigured to face a large projection wall, creating a cinema for private screenings. For larger gatherings, G.I.G. is Ovolo’s multimedia events space designed to host private parties, gallery events, fashion shows and product launches for up to 375 guests. Located in the former garage of the warehouse, this room retained its original truck turntable, now a centerpiece for the room and the rotating stage. A full-height 59-foot projection wall and sound system completes the room.
Ovolo Southside’s restaurants and bars include: CIRQLE, the hotel’s fourth floor restaurant with open-air terrace overlooking the Southside; the hotel’s Lo Lounge; and ABOVE, located on the hotel’s rooftop.
The newest Ovolo is located in Wong Chuk Hang, a revitalized town on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Specifically, Ovolo Southside is located at No. 64, Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.