Mar 13, 2019 | By Alexei Cowan
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Opened a month ago, Tuve is a boutique hotel featuring a sleek and minimalist design which is almost too cool for its neighbourhood. Calm, refreshing and spacious, it is more than worth a visit…
City: Hong Kong
Where: 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau / 852 3995 8800
Three reasons we love it…
The design: completed by local practice Design Systems LTD., the team behind the look sought to create a structure that is minimalist and timeless, using materials such as steel, timber, cork and – most prominently – board formed concrete. Through the dome-shaped hallway’s linear concrete walls, you can already sense the hotel’s calm and sensuous atmosphere, which will be further displayed right up to the front lobby.
Giant sheets of oxidised copper are layered to create crevices to allow natural light in, reflecting on the brass front desk that is purposely half polished and half raw. The recurring use of marble and vertical stripes in wooden and metal bars, exposed concrete walls all beg to be touched and reflect the natural aesthetic of the hotel’s inspiration – a photo series by Kim Holtermand of a lake called Tuve in Sweden. It’s cinematic, dreamy, dark and otherworldly.
The rooms: There are only three types but notably they’re not the compact style typical of Hong Kong. The Deluxe and Comfort rooms are minimalist thanks to the use of simple materials such as raw concrete, grainy wood, black steel panels and translucent glass panels. The linear recessed floor lighting throughout the hotel further accentuates the vertical themes. And we particularly love the Premier Room which features a concrete working space attached to the bed.
The details: Design magazines are artfully displayed in rooms and bathroom amenities are from Fresh. “Wunderboxes” – a series of multi-function wood box in various sizes depending on room types – are special feature in each room and unfold to reveal a desk, bar, magazines, a task chair and a mini storage.
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