Hong Kong: east Meets West

Ex­plore a lit­tle of Hong Kong’s His­tory and art, along with its culi­nary de­lights

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M+ Pavil­ion

M+ Pavil­ion is the pre­cur­sor to Hong Kong’s M+, the Her­zog & de Meu­ron-de­signed mu­seum for vis­ual cul­ture due to open in 2019. But M+ Pavil­ion is a wor­thy sight in its own right. De­signed by Vpang Ar­chi­tects with Jet Ar­chi­tec­ture and Lisa Che­ung, its can­tilevered out­door ter­race ap­pears to float, and its re­flec­tive ex­ter­nal walls al­low it to blend in with the green land­scape around it, mak­ing for a strik­ing des­ti­na­tion. The sky-lit, pol­ished con­crete in­te­rior space makes this a great place to con­tem­plate art in calm, quiet sur­round­ings. west­kowloon.hk

Red Sugar

One of Hong Kong’s hottest new bars, thanks to its spa­cious ter­race, Red Sugar sits over the wa­ter in Hung Hom, of­fer­ing 270-de­gree har­bour views. An­dré Fu brings his con­tem­po­rary yet time­less style to Red Sugar’s de­sign and land­scap­ing, cre­at­ing a chic space for vis­i­tors to sip on oak-bar­rel-aged cock­tails, craft beers, and fine wines.

Fu’s thought­ful sen­si­bil­ity ap­plies in­doors as well as out. The bar’s brick­work, metal el­e­ments, and em­broi­dered de­tail­ing on leather-up­hol­stered seats re­call Hung Hom’s his­tory as a base of in­dus­try and dock­yards from the 19th cen­tury, and its role as the south­ern ter­mi­nus for the Kowloon­can­ton Rail­way from 1974.

Red Sugar is lo­cated in­side the new Kerry Ho­tel. Fu was re­spon­si­ble for the in­te­ri­ors of the whole ho­tel, while Rocco De­sign Ar­chi­tects de­signed the build­ing it­self. shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry

asia So­ci­ety Hong Kong cen­tre (ASHK)

ASHK presents an op­por­tu­nity to peek into Hong Kong’s his­tory, while also be­ing a fine ex­am­ple of con­tem­po­rary de­sign. The Ad­mi­ralty site was home to mil­i­tary build­ings in the 19th cen­tury, built by the Bri­tish Army for the mak­ing and stor­age of ex­plo­sives and am­mu­ni­tion. Sev­eral of the orig­i­nal build­ings still stand, and they have been re­stored and now con­nect via an an­gu­lar bridge to ASHK’S low-ly­ing ex­hi­bi­tion and event space, a sim­ple, mod­ern struc­ture clad in veined green stone de­signed by Tod Wil­liams Bil­lie Tsien Ar­chi­tects.

Make a side trip to Ammo while you’re at it: this steam­punk-in­spired restau­rant, on site at ASHK, was ar­chi­tect Joyce Wang’s first restau­rant project in Hong Kong and its cop­per-cool, fanned fea­ture wall is bound to im­press. asi­aso­ci­ety.org

tom dixon x nodi

Drink ar­ti­sanal cof­fee by Nodi out of pol­ished­steel and dou­ble-walled glass cups by Tom Dixon at this beau­ti­ful new con­cept cafe in the new Tom Dixon flag­ship store at 52 Hol­ly­wood Road. The con­crete and charred tim­ber-clad space houses the brand’s fur­ni­ture, light­ing, and home ac­ces­sories col­lec­tions in a cosy cav­ern on the ground floor, while the cafe sits on the light-filled first floor.

At the cafe, vis­i­tors get to ex­pe­ri­ence Tom Dixon’s prod­ucts first-hand. The curves and an­gles of the stun­ning Plane chan­de­lier hang

over cof­fee and tea drinkers as they lounge in Dixon-de­signed chairs and sit at Dixon-de­signed ta­bles. A grey mar­ble wall and stun­ning brass bar com­plete the look, mak­ing this the per­fect place to en­joy good cof­fee and good de­sign at the same time. tomdixon.net

gough’s on gough

Ti­mothy Oul­ton has taken its sig­na­ture style— vin­tage mixed with a dash of whimsy—and branched into the F&B sec­tor, be­gin­ning with the restau­rant Gough’s on Gough, which is next to their store on Gough Street.

All the el­e­ments of the Ti­mothy Oul­ton brand can be found in the restau­rant, be­gin­ning with a col­umn-shaped aquar­ium at the en­trance that is filled with pi­ra­nhas and Derek the Diver, a deepsea diver clad in a 1940s-vin­tage hel­met. A spi­ral stair­case con­nects the two floors of the restau­rant. The main din­ing area on the sec­ond floor fea­tures a black-and-white floor of mar­ble tiles, a feath­er­cov­ered wall, and an im­pres­sive bar made from Ital­ian moon­stone in­laid with a her­ring­bone pat­tern of baguette-shaped glass.

Leather is Ti­mothy Oul­ton’s forte and some of the seat­ing—the restau­rant seats 50—is pro­vided by tufted leather ban­quettes dyed to a rich choco­late brown, re­call­ing the brand’s much-loved so­fas and arm­chairs. gough­songough.com

the old Man

If you’re a fan of Ernest Hem­ing­way, then Aberdeen Street drink­ing hole The Old Man is the one for you. In­spired by Hem­ing­way’s The Old

Man and the Sea, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, the bar com­bines the tal­ents of three of Hong Kong’s finest mixol­o­gists: Agung Prabowo, James Ta­mang, and Ro­man Ghale.

The menu fea­tures in­no­va­tive cock­tails named af­ter Hem­ing­way’s other clas­sics—such as the

Green Hills of Africa, with rose­mary-in­fused pisco, turmeric and tamarind cor­dial, and cit­rus juices, or The Snows of Kil­i­man­jaro, with marsh­mal­low­in­fused gin, “lacto-fer­mented” rasp­berry, cit­rus juices, and gruyere. The bar’s muse is also ap­par­ent in the decor, with a por­trait of Hem­ing­way look­ing down from dark pan­elled walls onto all the cock­tail-sip­ping clien­tele en­sconced in gor­geous for­est green up­hol­stery.


Style har­bour from left Ernest Hem­ing­way looks down at The Old Man; sweep­ing views from the ter­race at Red Sugar

hong kong Strong from top De­signer flat whites at Tom Dixon x Nodi; quirky touches and lots of leather at Gough’s on Gough; strik­ing can­tilever­ing at M+ Pavil­ion

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