How Foster+Partners turned a government building into The Murray, Hong Kong

The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, has opened on Cotton Tree Drive in Central, near the Bank of China Tower, the American embassy and Hong Kong Park. Foster+Partners was the designer for the project, charged with adapting the original 1969 design by British architect Ron Phillips.

Completed in 1969, Hong Kong’s Murray Building was once the tallest government building in the city. Developer Wharf Holdings won the site in 2013 for HK$4.4 billion, outbidding 40 rivals, and injected another $3 billion redeveloping it into a 336-room hotel with all the bars, restaurants and amenities expected of a five-star establishment.

Facilities include an indoor pool; five spa suites; and meeting, banquet and events spaces including The Arches, an indoor/outdoor space that can accommodate 300 guests. The Niccolo Room on the 25th floor can seat 240 guests or hold up to 350 people for receptions. Additionally, there are six smaller boardrooms, all of which have natural light.

There are five F&B outlets, including a rooftop bar with views of the business district’s skyline and The Peak, a tea lounge at the Garden Level, and a Chinese restaurant housed in its own pavilion.

The hotel’s terraces around the arches, an architectural signature of the building, also showcase views of the city, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.