Art & Design
The 10-story complex is an architectural design marvel. Its fluid, wave-like design and utopian structure give it an unforgettable shape, paying homage to the inspiration behind its name, Muse by the Sea. Stepping inside, visitors will be pleased to discover that attention to detail is not just surface-deep. Meticulously positioned lights line the ceiling of the Opera Theatre, creating a “galaxy of creativity,” as termed by K11 MUSEA. The Gold Ball serves as a point of focus for the viewer, whilst furthering the illusion of looking up into space. Meanwhile, the sprawling sculpture Escalating Climbers is reminiscent of the famous buttress roots from Hong Kong banyan trees, stretching over the escalator and fully immersing visitors in the realm that is K11 MUSEA.
K11 MUSEA is also a trailblazing platform for artistic innovation, recently opening their very own art and cultural centre. Inside K11 MUSEA, Zhang Enli’s Parrots of Five Colours greets visitors with a floating garden, a hand-painted backdrop for five slowly circling golden birds, each one symbolising one of the five elements of Chinese philosophy. On the 3/F, themed ‘kiddult’, Kristopher Ho has realised a clockwork lion in thick graphic lines upon a graffiti column as well as its nearby floor space, while Bao Ho has created a fantastical world combining creatures and desserts in shades of pastel pink and green. Other playful touches include Samson Young’s intentionally oversized benches, evoking feelings of nostalgia from days as a toddler.
Whether you are feeling peckish or searching for something more substantial, worry not: the options at K11 MUSEA are endless and certain to satisfy your every gastronomic whim and fancy.
Echoing K11 MUSEA’s manor house design, Artisan Lounge is a ‘living and dining room’ concept situated in the grand atrium offering an all-day high-tea service, a full bar experience and a bespoke retail area, all in a luxurious contemporary setting. Japanophiles rejoice, for Tominokoji Yamagishi from Kyoto presents Michelin-star omakase that preserves the tradition of Kyoto cuisine through nurturing the spirit of hospitality meals. Meanwhile, the recently opened Cobo House takes gastronomy to the next level through their edible art creations, in a setting of exquisite design and surrounded by stunning artworks.
Those looking for a more casual option can explore Chatterbox Cafe, where authentic Singaporean fare including their award-winning Mandarin (Hainanese) Chicken Rice is served. Avobar offers (you guessed it) avocado-centric dishes from avo-bun burgers to matcha pancakes with avocado butter to the perfect avocado toast. For contemporary fusion delights, try Glasshouse Greenery for their Peking duck pizza and Hainan chicken risotto, situated on the rooftop for an urban escape.
If it’s something sweet you’re craving, A Happy Pancake dishes up pillowy Japanese soufflé pancakes, RoboTea merges engineering, mathematics and AI to dish up fruit teas, coffees, smoothies and even gelatos, whilst Baekmidang presents a constellation of desserts and baked goods, specialising in 100% organic milk ice-cream.
The list of fashion boutiques and shopping choices available at K11 MUSEA are exhaustive, but we’ve narrowed down a select few that cannot be missed.
The MoMa Design Store is 6,000 square feet of sheer delight, carefully curated by Chay Costello. Revamped dim sum trolleys and mahjong tables incorporate local elements whilst seamlessly presenting the hand-picked selection of inspiring goods the store has to offer. The exclusive Hong Kong Skyline Collection sees a neon, geometric rendition of the iconic skyline, available in an array of items from t-shirts and tote bags to umbrellas and colour-changing mugs.
If you are looking to update your wardrobe, K11 has recently introduced K11| ANTONIA into its ranks, a fashion-forward multi-brand clothing and accessories store for men and women, cultivating an unparalleled fashion journey for global millennials that aligns with the K11 MUSEA cultural-retail experience. Off-White has also welcomed its flagship in K11 MUSEA, where floor-to-ceiling windows present a stunning, panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. Alternatively, consider dropping by Yohji Yamamoto, located next to the mall entrance, on your way in. The minimalistic store design is inspired by Japanese gardens, and the recreation of nature by the harbour front cultivates a calming atmosphere. Combining contemporary design and sustainability, Bottletop turns everyday ‘waste’ into stylish upcycled clothes and accessories, with the store itself created from repurposed and recycled materials.
Finally, makeup lovers can find Charlotte Tilbury‘s unique retail theatre experience at K11 MUSEA, where cutting edge technology integrates Old Hollywood motifs that have become synonymous with the brand.
Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA Unveils Its New Art and Cultural Centre