The Continental restaurant at Pacific Place, designed by London-based David Collins Studio, has opened its doors in Hong Kong. Formerly Domani, the Continental evokes the elegance and sophisticated charm of Europe’s grand cafés.
David Collins Studio reconsidered the space and its relationship with the original architecture. The brief was to revise the layout and expand the restaurant area to accommodate up to 120 guests and create a dramatic bar at the entrance.
“With the Continental, we wanted to respect the architecture, but also add elements that contrast with the form,” says creative director Simon Rawlings. “Considering the building’s undulating curves, we introduced a sense of uniformity in the layout. Elsewhere, we’ve created a ribbon-like mural to compliment and mirror the building’s iconic shape.”
As guests enter, the bar area features a reception space, intimate table groupings, and a marble-topped bar. A wraparound leather banquette hugs the corner and highlights the large windows.
Moving into the dining area, the curved seating design continues and frames each end of the restaurant while private booths line either side. An open Patisserie adds a sense of theater. Complimenting the nearby parkland, the emerald-colored leather upholstery and hand glazed Italian ceramic brings the surrounding greenery into the bar and restaurant.
Throughout the Continental, white marble contrasts against vibrant glazed ceramics, textured oak panels, bronze detailing, while its signature green accents add warmth to the scheme.