The Upper House

Hong Kong

Cutting-edge creative floating above Victoria Harbour

For the love of design: It’s a case of onward and upward at this 117-room bolthole, which sits loftily above Admiralty’s Pacific Place. The brainchild of hotshot Asian designer André Fu, it’s a visual story of creativity and architectural glory. Setting the tone is the brutalist facade, courtesy of British designer Thomas Heatherwick, followed by the red-toned wooden lift inspired by Japan’s torii gates. Fu’s design aesthetic is grounded in the concept of an ‘upward journey’ ensuring a seamless flow throughout the space as it travels between the floors.

What about the art? Totalling over 400 pieces, the artwork punctuating the space is as much about decoration as it is atmosphere. Each piece has been carefully chosen and commissioned to bolster the sentiment of calm evoked throughout. Flitting from abstract ceramics and smooth sculptures etched in marble, sandstone and bronze, to a 40-metre metal instillation inspired by water by Hiroshiwata Sawada found in the inner atrium, it brings an added layer of wonder to any stay.

A place to renew: Whether you’re there on a stopover, or embarking on a city break, sizeable rooms and studios rival the average square footage of a Hong Kong apartment. The modern, restorative spaces reveal muted tones and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the city beyond. Clean lines yield to curving window sofas, while warm lighting and sculptural accents and coffee table books finish the look. The addition of limestone bathtubs solidifies its status as a masterpiece of pared-back luxury.

Food and drink: Crowning the property is Salisterra, a space that pulls in visitors and locals for its refined Mediterranean-leaning cuisine and exemplary service. For something lighter, the bar area serves cocktails and elevated bar snacks.

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