Cordis Hotel, Hong Kong

Designed previously with Stickman Tribe Ltd

About the project

There’s a casual chic urban vibe to Alibi.  Embedded in the heart of bustling Mongkok, guests are invited to “eat, drink and be social”. The semi-open Tapas style bar, is a hive of chefs in their element, creating a well-curated menu focusing on small plates designed for sharing, so dining in a small group allows for a wider experience, but equally couples or solo meo diners can enjoy mini tasters, rather than one main dish.

From breakfast to lunchtime tapas, afternoon delectables, to sundown nibbles or evening fun, plates are matched with an impressive array of wines and cocktails to suit every palette, every weary traveler or savvy local.

The design emphasizes the rawness and truthfulness of this part of town. Materials such as raw steel, reclaimed wood, and buffed concrete sit together to form a tapestry of texture, blended with rich leathers, printed hemp and patterned fabrics stitched in a contemporary clash from dog tooth check wools to Aztec prints.

The mismatch is a casual cool, creating an atmosphere that is raw yet warm and inviting. The bar was intended to have an “urban elegant” feel. Finishes used to support the concept were polished concrete bar top and a concrete rendered ceiling, with a large dropped semi-circle over the appex of the bar in pewter finish.

The back bar shelves and screens either side of the entry are in raw steel. The floor is a natural recycled oak floor set in ship-deck planks, which add a certain warmth, further softened with a combination of leathers and fabrics using a base palette of warm ochre yellow, teal blue and soft neutral grey. This adds a splash of colour during the day when the natural daylight pours in through the large windows, and as the evening comes the colours take on a deeper warm hue with the soft lighting.

The pendant lights are all fairly robust nautical style with metal baskets and ropes. Combined with the fires they give a very warm glow in the evenings.