tribute hotel


yau ma tei, Hong Kong

spawton architecture     2014

Client: District15


Tribute Hotel is the first of a new brand and provides a personalised, design conscious and affordable hotel that has character to Hong Kong’s hotel market. 

The project involved the conversion of a 14 storey office tower in Yau Ma Tei into a boutique hotel. Spawton Architecture created a hotel, comprising 24 rooms, with contemporary and simple details within the small footprint .

Tribute Hotel project is, as its name suggests, a homage to Hong Kong, and in particular its locale in Yau Ma Tei. The design is both global and local, fresh and raw. Rough concrete walls and columns expose the skeleton of the 1980’s tower whilst luxurious brass detailing adds a sense of refinement. Local history and references drive the aesthetic and partnership with Hong Kong based collaborators further reinforces the sense of place. 

Working with initial moodboards from ID-entity Design, Spawton worked closely with the client team to realise a complex project of renovation. Spawton Architecture designed the complete package, from initial layout to detailed interior design and a new facade. 

The project comprised of the full interior of the building, from new services and lifts to walls and finishes. The external front façade was also completely replaced with a fully glazed curtain wall, exposing the edge of the concrete slabs and filling the rooms with light.

The 5-layered neon light feature in the lobby is an homage to Hong Kong's neon signs. Neon signs have played an important role in defining much of the vibrant streetscapes of Hong Kong, particularly in Yau Ma Tei,  since the 1950s.

Designed by Spawton Architecture, the neon feature shows the ever changing Hong Kong reclaimed shoreline, from the original shoreline (red) to the present day (blue).


Tribute Hotel has been shortlisted in Wallpaper* Best Urban Hotels 2015.

Tribute Hotel has been rebranded and is now operating as Up-otel.

All computer generated images are property of Spawton Architecture
Photography by Pak Khei