As this year begins to get to the pointy end, this cleverly-designed Hong Kong hotel has us dreaming of a calming sensory retreat. The Tuve hotel in Hong Kong takes inspiration from Swedish landscapes, referring to itself as a hotel that is “timeless, placeless and genderless”. While that might raise a few eyebrows to begin with, when you step off the street and beyond the hotel’s black steel door entrance you’ll notice the city chatter starts to quickly fade out – and you might just then start to see what they’re getting at.
Opened in 2015, the hotel is tucked away on Tsing Hung Street, close to the bustling neighbourhoods of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai as well as popular local haunts Victoria Park and the Happy Valley racetrack. With the entrance setting the scene for the hotels overarching aesthetic, guests are offered a taste of the hotels design emphasis on raw materials, natural textures and minimal furnishings with each element having been meticulously selected.
Brought to life by local interior and industrial design studio Design Systems, the 66-room boutique hotel is uniquely tranquil amongst the many flashy players in the city’s hotel landscape. The commitment to a minimal aesthetic is beautifully executed with not an excess piece of furniture to be seen, offering a calming balance to the sensory overload of Hong Kong.
With a focus on natural light and raw materials in the guest rooms, the interiors are kept simple and minimal in style with rooms featuring raw concrete surfaces and timber panelled walls. Clever lighting design, minimal furnishings and walk-in showers all help to create a calming ambience.
Onsite restaurant Silver Room continues the hotel’s commitment to creating harmony through design, as the black steel panels of the hotel’s facade open to bring the dining to the street. Italian flavours are the focus here, with the handmade spaghattoni difficult to pass up.