The Murray is the name of a new 5-star hotel in Hong Kong, a project by Foster + Partners, which had already built several buildings in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank headquarters, the skyscraper from 1979 which, over time, become a city icon.
The Murray Building, which originally served as a government building, dates back to 1970; designed by Ron Phillips, it already embraced sustainable climate-control criteria, through the orientation and design of its windows, which won it an “Energy Efficient Building Award” in 1994. Foster + Partners’ new project didn’t touch the facades, concentrating on redesigning the ground floor and the surrounding land, and all of the interiors.
At the time of the construction of the Murray Building, car traffic was much more important than pedestrian walkways and, as a government building, it had to provide space for traffic management. The new project focuses on pedestrian paths, integrating the ground floor with the public spaces surrounding it, streets and gardens, and the old car park has been transformed into a garden leading to the entrance.
The interior design is very classic, as Foster + Partners has explained, to rediscover the essence of the 5-star hospitality tradition: large and spacious rooms, furniture in leather and soft fabrics, marble bathrooms. The top floor features an outdoor terrace restaurant, with stunning views of Hong Kong city.