Komune at Ovolo Southside
Restaurant / Hong Kong / HBA Hong Kong / Completed in 2018
This project aims to create a dining experience within Hong Kong’s first warehouse-turned-boutique hotel that speaks to the history of Hong Kong and the building itself; while staying true to the hotel’s brand ethos of playful, expressive and dynamic. The space reinvented conventional understanding of shared spaces by cutting open a floor slab and creating a duplex space: a fluid layout that transitions seamlessly from a casual-chic dining room to an intimate private dining area to a laid-back terrace with sweeping views of South side’s greenery and glimpses of the ocean.The result is a playful interior comprising of vibrant coloursand Instagram-worthy artwork with a strong emphasis on social gathering and communal interaction. The spaciously-placed tables with eclectic seating, and the private chef’s table offer good views into the open kitchen where the head chef is centreof attention, allowing guests to be part of a culinary experience. Materials and furniture selection reflects the industrial and funky design language of the space, with design elements inspired by Hong Kong’s deep culture and tradition. At the heart of the comprehensive space is a container bar clad in mandarin orange and sea green corrugated metal sheets, resonating with the city’s busy ship yards. The same green, found on many old Hong Kong shop-front gates, is applied to functional panels, offering a nod to the area’s industrial history.