Inspired by the science fiction film, Alphaville, made in 1960 by Jean-Luc Godard, designer Joyce Wang created Ammo, a restaurant-bar in Hong Kong whose design pays tribute to creativity. The space built by the British Army in the mid 19th century, was used for a long time as a warehouse of explosives. Meanwhile, the building that belongs to Asia Society Hong Kong Center, was magisterially converted by the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien from New York.
Upstairs there is a museum gallery and the restaurant owner has chosen to borrow the identity of history presented here. Respecting the cultural and historical significance of the place, concept on which the design of Ammo relies, has a historical component, of museum. The used materials and the design details reward the guests with clues to help them know the history of the place. The predominant material is copper, present in a futuristic and retro design in the same time. The installations and machines gives you the feeling that you are in an industrial area. The luxury materials such as leather, silk and velvet have been chosen to give personality and to highlight the details. Your attention is retained by the three chandeliers in the shape of a spiral staircase-theme presented in the film Alphaville – made of pipe and copper mesh.
With a height of 6 feet, the huge windows from the floor to the ceiling allow the contact with lush greenery that surrounds the restaurant. The plush sofas form a ring in the middle of which there are two large tables with many chairs, suitable for large groups of friends and also encourages people to make new friends. Joyce Wang says that the most of the appurtenances and fittings were handmade specifically for this project, including the three chandeliers. The name of the restaurant, AMMO, is an abbreviation of the words Asia, Modern, Museum and Original. Ammo restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy a meal and a pleasant surprise in the middle of the lively Hong Kong.