Studio HBA refreshes social spaces of Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong

Studio HBA—a division of Hirsch Bedner Associates—has refreshed the social spaces of Ovolo Southside, a property located in the Wong Chuck Hang neighborhood in Hong Kong. Studio HBA updated the Cirqle restaurant, outdoor rooftop bar Komune Above and the lobby.

Ovolo Southside is the first warehouse conversion hotel in Hong Kong and pays homage to the shipping industry, as well as the design houses and fashion labels that now populate the area.

Neon signs and artwork dominate the lobby, which has a fluid layout so that it transitions from a check-in area into a work and play area. The ceiling is exposed and the beams are painted with white. The container bar, one of two bars in the hotel, is made of corrugated metal and decorated with bright colors, paying homage to the shipping history of the area.


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The designers cut away part of the floor from Cirqle, the fourth-floor restaurant, to create a duplex and bring in light. Local Hong Kong artists provided artwork for the walls, including a mural featuring giant leaves, citrus and a pink elephant. Scandinavian timber pendant lights hang over dining tables.

The rooftop bar, Komune Above, has indoor and outdoor seating and a 270-degree view of Hong Kong’s Southern District. Private function room by day, rooftop bar by night, the space has flexible Pacman style tables that come together to form a large meeting table, and separated into small seating groups for two or four persons when the bar is open.

Photo credit: HBA