Hong Kong ClubAlia Akkam • May 16, 2018
AnnaMaya, the Andaz Delhi’s food hall just off the lobby, is the invigorating heart of the Aerocity hotel. Still, there was room for another sophisticated concept: the Hong Kong Club, a theatrical contrast to the rest of the property’s cool minimalism. This new triple-height restaurant from Virgile + Partners, the London firm that worked in tandem with Chicago architects Bauer Latoza Studio on the overall design of Andaz Delhi, is situated within a striking glass pavilion on the courtyard.
“It complements the hotel, but we knew the pavilion was a little different in tone of voice. The scale of it, it’s almost like a cruise liner and we always considered it a jewel,” says director Carlos Virgile. That distinct volume allowed for a series of mezzanine platforms to appear as if floating within the glass at different levels. “When you walk around, it is constantly changing depending on the point of view. I like being up and looking down to the central, commanding space,” adds Virgile.
To conjure a contemporary Cantonese vibe, at the entry an installation of ceramic flowers leads to a sculptural, spiral staircase comprising oak steps. The centerpiece is perhaps the curvy, granite-topped bar, featuring a prominent brass-clad column that doubles as a liquor cabinet. To infuse such vastness with warmth, Virgile + Partners incorporated elements like end-grain flooring with a hexagonal pattern, oversized birdcages, an open kitchen, and full-height, timber-slatted screens. Two private dining rooms animated by Chinese photography—one reached via a glass bridge—are especially intimate, with marble tables, modern Emperor chairs, and bars of their own.
Up next, Hong Kong Club will next make way for the Den. This downstairs nightclub, says Ewald Damen, partner at Virgile + Partners, exemplifies “an urban, underground scene inspired by Hong Kong’s streets after dark.”