The Mong Kok Nightclub Hotel is enveloped in a tight fabric and bamboo structure that hugs the form of the program within. It acts as a visual separation between the public and the guest just as clothes hides things from others, adding intrigue to those outside. The bamboo and fabric are also reminiscent of the scaffolding surrounding so many of Hong Kong’s buildings.
The only exposed program within are the all glass boxes that extrude from each hotel room. These boxes can act as storefronts to those offering services, a location to watch others, or a location to be watched. The cantilevered space alludes to the delicate balance between comfort and danger where sexual excitement lies.
Within the fabric envelope, one is within the private space. This is where each hotel room stands alone, looking at other rooms, but not touching. The walls of each room are made of glass, with optional curtains inside. This provides each guest with a unique voyeuristic experience. The sporadic pattern of rooms scatters the view, teasing the viewer by only allowing glimpses of others.
This was an entry in the 2011 Arquitectum.com Hong Kong Nightclub Hotel in Mong Kok.