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Brief Published: 28 Jul 2011

High Design Teaching Hotels


Launched last month, Hotel Icon in Hong Kong is a brand new teaching hotel whose stunning architectural and interior designs, according to its owners, help hospitality student employees from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to think big.

Structurally designed by locally based CL3 Architects, a roster of well-known creatives have contributed to the property’s interiors, including British design entrepreneur Terence Conran, and Chinese architects Rocco Yim and William Lim.

Inspired by the Asian philosophy of creating a yin-yang balance, the space is characterised by a mix of both curved and angular lines, as well as natural and manmade materials. Guests are also welcomed into the spacious lobby by a vast green wall designed by vertical garden specialist Patrick Blanc. The hotel’s 262 bedrooms have been decorated with photography by local students, and boast bathrooms containing unusual curved showers.

Hotel Icon echoes the Château Bethlehem Hotel in Maastricht, Holland – another teaching hotel (whose rooms have been designed by a set of Dutch luminaries), which is also using inspirational design to take the quality of hospitality education to another level.

Hotel Icon

Château Bethlehem