The Impact of Space: André Fu
Friend of the House André Fu shares how the concept of space influences his mindset, how different spaces evoke certain memories and moods.
By André Fu, Architect & Interior Designer
A long time friend of The House Collective and renowned architect and interior designer, André Fu is the brain behind the beautiful, timeless and understated design of The Upper House. Fast forward eleven years to 2020, André returns to The Upper House to design and reimagine the André Fu Suite on Level 48 as well as the new Mediterranean dining concept Salisterra on Level 49.
Based in Hong Kong, André is one of Asia’s most sought-after interior architects and was named Interior Designer of the Year in 2019 by Elle Decoration China, Designer of the Year in 2016 by Maison & Objet Asia and among Wallpaper*’s list of ‘Top 20 Interior Designers’. His personal design ethos is deeply rooted in this world of relaxed luxury, his ability to craft compelling settings that embrace and reflect harmony, beauty and warmth, and which are imbued with understated sophistication.
What is space to you?
Design ought to respond to our changing ways of living but the essence of an inspiring space prevails: its sense of visual balance and a feeling of calmness that ultimately provokes the desired state of intimacy. With the advancement of technology, the usage of space ought to be highly adaptive to suit multiple purpose. the newly opened André Fu living suite at the hotel perhaps captivates just that.
"Design ought to respond to our changing ways of living but the essence of an inspiring space prevails."
Tell us about a favourite private space.
The balcony at my home has always been considered my private escape – it offers an extensive view of middle island, overlooking deep water bay and the scenic mountainous landscape. It is the spot where I spend most of my weekends – to read, to contemplate and reflect.
Tell us about your favourite public space.
I love the cinematic quality of Hong Kong’s heritage era in the 60s and Cheung Hing Char Charn Tang in Happy Valley is one of my favourite spot – its eclectic mix-match of mosaic tiles, alongside all the comfort food it offers is a spot I enjoy returning. The spirit of the café prevails despite social distancing becomes a norm.
"I still recall vividly how I came up with the idea of creating a patch of greenery in the heart of my dynamic hometown and the way in which a simple rectilinear lawn captivates everything that is quintessentially The Upper House."
Tell us about a favourite space at one of our hotels.
The lawn at the Upper House has remained my favourite spot – I still recall vividly how I came up with the idea of creating a patch of greenery in the heart of my dynamic hometown and the way in which a simple rectilinear lawn captivates everything that is quintessentially The Upper House - it evokes the underlying spirit of relaxed luxury at its heart.