Swire Hotels

Experience the Houses

Two Houses. Two Individuals. Two Cities. One Story.

Experience the Houses tells the story of two individuals as they journey through the house hotels in Beijing and Hong Kong. Though not together they are connected through their experiences of the hotels and the cities they are in.

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The Upper House

Whether it is a quick business lunch, making new friends at the Level 49 Café Gray bar, or unwinding by the stunning views, The Upper House is a place to experience a journey of discovery.

The Upper House

Hong Kong

Located in Hong Kong, The Upper House was designed by architect Andre Fu. A calming contemporary hotel, The Upper House is a haven within the city.
The hotel’s 117 studios and suites are surprisingly spacious, featuring natural materials and gorgeous bathrooms. Enjoy thrilling views from Level 49 at Café Gray Deluxe.

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The Opposite House

True to its name, The Opposite House is a place of contrasts. Here, you will find an extraordinary mix of old and new. Ana takes you through a journey of breathtaking design, open space, and vibrant energy.

The Opposite House

Beijing

The Opposite House is a striking hotel that puts you in the heart of Beijing life. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the 99-room hotel mixes dramatic contemporary style with Chinese traditional designs and abundant space. Its four modern, lively restaurants and bars are essential destinations in Taikoo Li Sanlitun Beijing.

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The Temple House

Chengdu

In Chengdu, a beautifully restored traditional courtyard building leads you along step stones to The Temple House, a very contemporary hotel inspired by a Chinese aesthetic, Make Architects designed an alluring 100-studio hotel with 49 residences, 3 restaurants and a bar, engaging event spaces, landscaped hills and courtyards plus an urban day spa with a teahouse and subterranean event spaces.

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The Making of The House Collective

Lynsey Miller

Originally from Scotland, Lynsey is a multi award-winning short film & television director, internationally acclaimed for COLOUR.

Lynsey Miller

Director

Originally from Scotland, Lynsey is a multi award-winning short film & television director, internationally acclaimed for COLOUR.

Annika Summerson

Annika is a visually creative cinematographer with a growing number of awards to her name. Her work is sensitive with a good dose of Scandinavian cool.

Annika Summerson

Director of Photography

Annika is a visually creative cinematographer with a growing number of awards to her name. Her work is sensitive with a good dose of Scandinavian cool.

Laura Holmes

Founded in 2009, Laura Holmes Production is an independent company dedicated to creativity, artistry and the power of the image.

Laura Holmes

Producer

Founded in 2009, Laura Holmes Production is an independent company dedicated to creativity, artistry and the power of the image.

Tracey Nicholson

Tracey attended the Central St Martins and assisted magazine stylists before becoming an independent stylist for publications and commercial clients.

Tracey Nicholson

Stylist

Tracey attended the Central St Martins and assisted magazine stylists before becoming an independent stylist for publications and commercial clients.

What Happened Behind The Scenes

A Love for Shoes

Tracey Nicholson, our stylist, travelled with 9 trunks of clothes from London, including 3 just for shoes!

Bubbles

A bubbles specialist (aka our production assistant) was on hand to create lots of bubble between shots of Ana in the tub.

Crack!

We shot 12 soft boiled eggs, before we found the perfect crack!

Star Sighting

Right before shooting with us, Ana Tanaka has just gotten back from shooting an ice cream commercial with Bradley Cooper!

The Tune

The music track "I don’t Know" is by Lisa Hannigan, an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. She began her career as a member of Damien Rice’s band.

Snack-attack

To stay energised throughout the shooting, the models and crew munched on jars of m&m’s and almonds.

The Edit

At the end of the shoot, there were 15 hours of footage, which ultimately was edited down to 2 minutes!

Happily Ever After?

The leading man (George Young) and leading lady (Ana Tanaka) have still never met!

Swire Hotels and
Swire Restaurants

Swire Hotels has been created to manage soulfully individual hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the USA, providing a characterful experience for well-travelled individually minded travellers who seek originality, style and personalised service. We create distinctive hotels with a sense of place that break with convention.

The company’s first hotel, The Opposite House in Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, Hong Kong, and then by EAST, Hong Kong and EAST, Beijing. The Temple House in Chengdu is opened in July 2015 and EAST, Miami in Q4 2015.

A restaurant division was set up in 2013 to manage the company’s stand-alone restaurant operations. Our first restaurant Plat du Jour opened in November 2013 followed by Public and Ground Public in Quarry Bay and The Continental in Pacific Place which opened in October 2014. Mr & Mrs Fox, the latest dining concept in Taikoo Place, opened in September 2015.

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