Asia’s first luxury, serviced residences, built to promote rare artisanship and design in collaboration with the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation and internationally acclaimed designers.
Following the recent launch of Rosewood Hong Kong in Victoria Dockside, the art and design district in Tsim Sha Tsui, renowned entrepreneur Adrian Cheng is set to unveil another major project. K11 ARTUS, K11 Group’s first private, luxury and serviced residential development will open in Q3 of 2019.
K11 ARTUS marks the third milestone in Cheng’s Victoria Dockside development, a 10-year project that includes K11 ATELIER, K11 ARTUS, Rosewood Hong Kong and K11 MUSEA, a pioneering retail destination, also set to open its doors in Q3 of 2019. K11 ARTUS is the first hospitality extension of K11, a unique concept brand which encompasses a portfolio of innovative companies, each with a shared purpose to enrich the new consumer’s daily life through the power of creativity, culture and innovation. As reflected in its portmanteau name, ARTUS combines the word “Art” and the Latin term “Domus”, meaning “home.”
By providing Asia’s first hybrid “Artisanal Home” concept, K11 ARTUS will redefine the luxury residence experience. The residence will feature comprehensive hotel services and amenities within a design-led environment, including rare Chinese artworks and inspiring, interactive programming. Focused on nurturing a community of creative leaders, cultural explorers and intellectuals, K11 ARTUS sets new parameters as the first luxury residence to feature in-house salons led by prominent cultural figures, including playwrights, artists, and scholars.
Mr. Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11, Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager of New World Development said,
“I’m delighted to see the launch of K11 ARTUS, K11’s philosophy and re-imagination of an artisanal home. Set at the heart of Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside, K11 ARTUS works with a small group of Chinese craftsmen who share our values in preserving culture and ancient craftsmanship. By empowering them and curating their artisanal creations throughout the residences, ARTUS creates a unique environment for cultural discovery and intellectual exchanges.”
Conveying the comforts of a private home and convenience of a full-service luxury hotel, K11 ARTUS offers flexibility for short or long-term stays. The 287 suites spanning 14 stories feature wraparound balconies, affording guests one of the world’s most coveted open-air views of the Hong Kong skyline. Along with 70 different layouts, each suite reflects a unique style with handpicked artefacts from around the globe along with thoughtful amenities and service such as AMICI, an intuitive, digital concierge offering 24-hour assistance. Perched above K11 MUSEA, guests are ideally located at the heart of Victoria Dockside community, with an unparalleled selection of cuisine, leisure, art and culture options on their doorstep, including K11 ATELIER (grade-A offices) and Rosewood Hong Kong. Prices for a long-term stay at K11 ARTUS start at $57,000 per month, based on a 12-month lease. Short stay rates are available on request.
K11 ARTUS reflects the combined talents of Asia’s most celebrated designers and some of the world’s most respected international architectural firms. Kohn Pedersen Fox, the award-winning New York-based architectural studio, designed the building, while globally acclaimed architect André Fu and his studio AFSO crafted the interiors. Bangkok-based P Landscape (PLA) is responsible for the surrounding greenery and lush landscaping.
In collaboration with the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, Adrian Cheng’s cultural initiative to preserve traditional Chinese crafts and bring them into the future, providing a platform to protect Chinese heritage and bring new life to fast-disappearing skills, K11 ARTUS will be the first luxury residence in Hong Kong to support and promote modern China’s cultural renaissance in major traditional craft areas.
Hong Kong’s Joyce Wang, UK’s Fiona Barratt and New York-based nemaworkshop created three individually-designed penthouses representing the ultimate in luxury living. The Joyce Wang Studio designed penthouse is a three-bedroom residence showcasing international artists, celebrated British interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell took inspiration from the architectural and artistic history of Rome. The third, by the award-winning New York architecture and design firm nemaworkshop, boasts a greenhouse style rooftop garden.
K11 ARTUS houses art pieces and social spaces as part of ultra-luxury residential experience
Adorning the lobby beyond the manicured topiary and 3.5m-high bronze and glass doors are intriguing art pieces such as “no.9”, an ethereal oil painting by Liang Yuanwei, and “Le An”, an abstract ink work from the K11 Collection by Chinese calligrapher Wang Donglin. K11 ARTUS signature decorative diagrid murals etched in Marrone Imperiale marble decorate the East Lobby, while Gascogne Beige marble in the West Lobby adds visual interest to the walls and furnishings where monolithic marble forms overlap and intersect to create dramatic concierge desks.
The Social Salon is located on the 10th floor and conceived as an extension of one’s home. The Social Salon’s layered sequence unfolds to unveil each space – The Living Salon, The Media Chamber, The Library and The Commune, each with a different function, from offering a collection of books on art and design to a hub for relaxed, informal gatherings. The Social Salon is filled with thought provoking artwork including the wooden sculpture “…or…No.1” by Chinese artist Wang Jianwei.
Creating and conserving Chinese craftsmanship with the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation
The five major traditional craft areas which will be supported and promoted by K11 ARTUS will be:
- Guangcai: A traditional crafting technique for producing colourful hand-painted porcelain
- Baibaoqian: An ancient craft of inlaying engraved work with precious stones
- Chinese Literature – The Dream of the Red Chamber: Written by Cao Xueqin, the rare edition on display is considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature
- Wooden Architecture: A distinctive craft in Chinese architectural culture, wooden architecture is inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
- Plaster moulding: A technique for crafting shapes with lime on the ridges and walls of traditional Chinese ancestral halls or temples
Rare art pieces that incorporate these traditional craft areas are sourced and produced exclusively for K11 ARTUS in collaboration with K11 Craft & Guild Foundation. One of the most valuable art pieces to be displayed is the “Large Jade and Hardstone-inlaid Zitan Panel” dating back to the mid-Qing Dynasty, featuring Baibaoqian techniques. Guangcai is also reflected in a selection of pieces including the “Guangcai Candy Jar” crafted by Master Zhao Yiming, and the “Guangcai Fruit Punch Bowl” by Master Tan Guanghui, both provincial inheritor representatives of China’s intangible cultural heritage (Guangcai).
K11 ARTUS has also collaborated with Master Xu, the national inheritor representative of China’s intangible cultural heritage for Guangcai, and provincial inheritor, to produce a new series of “K11 ARTUS Guangcai Porcelain Plates” to further promote the Guangcai technique to the K11 ARTUS residents. K11 ARTUS residents will be able to purchase these arts and crafts, with the proceeds going to support a group of Chinese craftsmen.