IM­MERSE AND EN­GAGE

A hospi­tal­ity revo­lu­tion is hap­pen­ing in Hong Kong’s Jor­dan at Ea­ton Work­shop, writes SARAH ENGSTRAND

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ho­tel be­come more than a ho­tel? And more im­por­tantly, why? The first an­swer is sim­ple: when its vi­sion is big­ger than folded tow­els and turn-down ser­vice. The sec­ond, how­ever, is more com­plex. The world is chang­ing and a new gen­er­a­tion is com­ing up to re­place the old, even in the realm of prop­erty de­vel­op­ment.

Kather­ine Lo, daugh­ter of real es­tate mag­nate Lo Ka-shui, is re­vi­tal­is­ing her fam­ily’s Ea­ton brand, evolv­ing the es­tab­lished ho­tels into some­thing new.

Equal parts Soho House and ac­tivist head­quar­ters, the newly launched Ea­ton Work­shop marks a fresh era for hospi­tal­ity. Di­vided into two con­cepts, there is the ho­tel – a place for so­cially minded trav­ellers to im­merse and en­gage in the city – and there is Ea­ton House – a Warhol Fac­tory-in­spired co-work­ing space geared to­wards “in­no­va­tors, pro­gres­sive thinkers and cre­atives” with pric­ing op­tions to make it as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble; it has al­ready at­tracted the likes of Sally Coco owner Vera Lui and artist Stan­ley Wong, amongst oth­ers. A num­ber of res­i­den­cies are also avail­able for artists and ac­tivists.

From the out­side of the Nathan Road lo­ca­tion in Jor­dan, not much has changed. But fol­low the neon signs in and you’ll find a space like Hong Kong has never seen. De­signed by AvroKo to be a fully func­tional, ev­ere­volv­ing home of art, ac­tivism, so­cial en­ter­prise and hospi­tal­ity, it’s a retro-decked out war­ren. A tow­er­ing atrium looks over an eclec­tic food court, com­mis­sioned wall art leads to a maze of so­cial en­ter­prises in the mem­bers-only Ea­ton House and there’s an in-house ra­dio

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