J.W. Marriott and The Upper House

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Height: To Tip
164.5 m / 540 ft
Height: Architectural
164.5 m / 540 ft
J.W. Marriott and The Upper House Outline
Floors Above Ground
# of Hotel Rooms


Official Name J.W. Marriott and The Upper House
Name of Complex Pacific Place
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Hong Kong
Street Address & Map 88 Queensway, Central
Building Function hotel
Construction Start 1985
Completion 1988
Retrofit End 2009

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Swire Properties Limited
Design Wong & Ouyang
Structural Engineer
Design Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Main Contractor Shui On Construction & Materials

About J.W. Marriott and The Upper House

Constructed at the base of a hill sloping upward from Victoria Harbour, the Pacific Place Complex sits adjacent to Hong Kong Park, both of which were constructed on the site of the Victoria Barracks operated by the British Military. While the western portion of the barracks became public a green space interspersed with a collection of preserved low-rise structures from Hong Kong’s colonial era, the eastern portion gave way to the Pacific Place development. After the land was transferred from the Government of Hong Kong in the mid 1980’s, construction began quickly with Phase 1 opening in 1988.

Phase 1 included One Pacific Place as the as the J.W. Marriott and The Upper House which was originally constructed as a mixed use residential and hotel tower with 140 serviced apartments above 607 hotel rooms. As part of a later interior retrofit, the uppermost floors were converted from residential into the suites of the 117 key Upper House Hotel which opened in 2009. Combined with the JW Marriott hotel below, there are presently 719 rooms as well as a handful of restaurants spread throughout the tower.

The tower is perched on a hillside podium comprised of the three story Pacific Place shopping mall and a landscaped rooftop serving a courtyard between the towers of the complex as well as the publicly accessible street linking the main entrances of each building. The J.W. Marriott and The Upper House features a glass façade composed of triangular window bays maximizing views of the surrounding harbour, hilltops and skyline which has grown up around it since completion.

Research Papers

Shifting Urban Gravity, from “Central” To “Core” Business Districts
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV

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