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Indigo set for Hong Kong opening

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is set to open in May 2013, bringing IHG’s hip flavour to one of Asia’s most bustling cities.

Set to open in May 2013, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is the culmination of a five year project to create an architecturally compelling building that is at the forefront of global hotel and environmental design.

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is set over 29 floors, with 138 individually styled rooms that capture the truly intriguing and dynamic environment in which it resides. Wrapping the building is a striking gold dragon, functioning as an ‘eco-screen’ to counteract hot spots and solar gain, representing the future of environmental design in Hong Kong.

The impressive rooftop, sure to be a much talked about destination in Hong Kong, features Skybar and a dramatic infinity glass bottomed pool from which can be seen the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai neighbourhood below.

An arresting addition to the traditional and modern architecture of Wan Chai neighbourhood, the Hotel has been designed holistically by architects Aedas International Ltd., with the influences of local history and culture evident through the use of colour, form and texture.

It was the design intent from the outset to use the building design to reflect the vibrant nature of Asia, Hong Kong and Wan Chai. The orientation of the Hotel utilises the shading effect of the neighbouring buildings to create a distinct pattern of sun and shade, with the resulting pattern creating a distinct sweep around the building, which the architects expressed through the application of burnished bronze solar fins. The result is the dramatic image of a dragon folded around the exterior of the building, further rooting the building into the culture and traditions of Asia.

“The glass-bottomed, cantilevered pool on the roof top, shimmers at night and has been considered to be like the gleaming pearl often associated with the Chinese Dragon,” said Max Connop, Boardmember of Aedas International Ltd.

“The concept of the wrapping dragon reaching for the pearl is incredibly strong and creates a unique addition to the sky-line of Hong Kong. Intelligent and concealed subtle lighting to the solar fins allows the dragon to literally shimmer at night.”

At the helm of Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is General Manager Bryan Gabriel, bringing extensive international industry experience to the hotel having spent the last twenty years working on a number of high profile, award-winning projects and distinctive properties throughout Asia and Australia.

“Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is bringing something special to the neighbourhood of Wan Chai and to Hong Kong,” Gabriel said.

“What really sets the Hotel apart is the grass roots engagement we have with our intriguing and culturally rich neighbourhood of Wan Chai, where you can visit many of the city’s newest art galleries, restaurants and shopping destinations.

“A big part of the Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island philosophy is to inspire curiosity in our well-travelled and savvy guests, connecting them with the neighbourhood from a welcoming and comfortable base that is both striking in design and intimate in its service.”

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is owned by Tai Hung Fai Enterprise Co. LTD(THF), which was first established in 1977 by Dr. Edwin Leong as a diversified investment company. In recent years, THF has evolved into a diversified property company with investments in retail shops, residential buildings, office buildings and industrial buildings all over Hong Kong. Lately, the company has engaged in development of hotels, serviced apartments and high-end residential units.

“I am delighted to be the owner of the very first Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong, joining other properties across the globe in some of the world’s most dynamic cities including London, New York and Shanghai,” said Dr. Leong.

“We look forward to attracting visitors from all over the world to our great city of Hong Kong.”

The intimate rooftop Skybar, designed by HBA Design Consultants, is expected to become an instant Hong Kong hit, serving up classic cocktails, bubbles and great wines as well as snacks in a stylish and up-scale environment that, through clever interior design maintains a connection to the nostalgia of the surrounding neighbourhood and local culture.

Café Post on the 2nd floor will offer an all-day menu combining a continental taste with a touch of local flavour and arguably the best coffee in Wan Chai. Cosy and comfortable, the intimate space reflects the diverse Wan Chai neighbourhood. Its alfresco terrace area is directly opposite to the historic Old Wan Chai Post Office.

State-of-the-art business facilities will also be a key offering of the property. The eight-seat Boardroom has cable modem for high speed internet, LED TV, Blu-Ray, Stationery, tea, coffee and refreshments with Digital Projector, White Board, LCD Projector and more available upon request.

A 24-hour gym is available for workouts if guests have any remaining energy after a hard day’s sightseeing, with treadmills, exercise bike and free weights.

The Hotel library is a peaceful sanctuary from the busy hustle and bustle of Wan Chai. Comfortable, spacious and modern, it has a great selection of books and movies available to guests.

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