AMMO Restaurant and Bar in Hong Kong

July 22, 2013
Posted in Interiors

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A new restaurant in Hong Kong‘s Admiralty district designed by local interior design practice Joyce Wang promises to the patrons an explosive mix of cuisine, design, and heritage. Named AMMO, the venue is housed in a colonial building once used by the British army to store explosives. The restaurant not only references its prestigious context but pays tribute to it aesthetically and conceptually.

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The Ammo restaurant not only references its prestigious context but pays tribute to it aesthetically and conceptually. With such a significant site comes inspiration drawn from a significant film noir masterpiece-Alphaville. A French science fiction film directed by Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s. Not only is the cinematography noteworthy for interior inspiration, the plot of freedom fighters removing themselves from a world of sci-fi dystopia and dictatorship of Alphaville chimes with the military history of the
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The central feature of the space are a set of three sculptural spiral staircase chandeliers constructed purely out of copper plumbing pipes. The shades of the chandeliers are crafted out of bent copper mesh and rods. These raw materials reference those used in military and industrial settings. The spiral staircase is a recurring theme within the Alphaville film. Within the restaurant, the designers have utilized it to draw the viewers attention to the 6 meters high ceiling as well as to create a dramatic and dynamic effect within the space.

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