HIGH-TECH IN HONG KONG
"Ultimately, technology is shaping the way we live. Why should hotels be any different?”
There’s nothing more frustrating for the international traveler than not being able to have the technological creature comforts of home, and addressing that was Martin Lee’s first priority in redesigning the Mira in Hong Kong.
“One of the things I grapple with when I’m traveling overseas is syncing my technology, carrying gadgets around so that I can be up to speed with the latest news and stay in touch with family and friends,” he says. “That can be awfully difficult in even the most advanced countries. When it came to creating The Mira Hong Kong’s DNA, making life as seamless as possible through the best modern-day technology out there was one of the first things we decided to do. Helping guests avoid astronomical roaming charges and giving visitors to Hong Kong the freedom to explore the city with a ‘My Mobile’ phone in their pocket and their very own ‘My Mira’ personalized concierge on the end of the line seemed intuitive."
Lee's longtime collaborator, celebrity lifestyle guru Colin Cowie, also took a high-approach when designing Mira's ultra-hip roof deck, the interior of Yamm, a buffet restaurant, as well as the ballroom.
“Most ballrooms are designed with the thought that the party planner is going to love everything, and that’s not the way it works today,” says Cowie. “Everybody wants to make their own statement, so I chose this palette of grays that allows us a lot of flexibility with the color. I brought LED lighting into the coves and sound into the columns. It became a completely integrated penthouse ballroom. It’s probably the only ballroom in the world designed by a party planner.”
"Ultimately, technology is shaping the way we live," adds Lee. "Why should hotels be any different?”