Refurbishment of a floating resort
The three back decks of the SS Virgo, a 879-foot passenger cruise ship had been used as children’s playgrounds and an outside eating area. To attract a new and younger crowd to the ship, a new concept, ‘Beatship’, was developed. This party concept comes alive every time the ship anchors in Hong Kong. Sitec Studio was asked to design the club.
Key to this challenging project was that the onsite works had to be carried out while the ship was fully operational.
The main back deck (8,800 ft2) on level 10 was transformed into a party zone with DJ booth, video screens, dancing podiums and leisure pools with love seats.
Curved bars were added, the longest over 20 meters (225ft), from which can enjoy a magnificent view of the sea while having a cocktail.
The two second decks (level 11, 4,300 ft2) were transformed into a VIP club zone with different types of seating, jacuzzis and bars.
The third deck (level 12, 7,200 ft2), a little more remote from the bustle of the party zone, was transformed into an outdoor sports bar including snooker, beer pong and various seating areas. This zone is mainly used as a pre-or post-party zone.
The interior children’s playground was transformed into the Diamond Club, used as an entrance zone for parties on the decks and a quiet bar zone.
Around 1,000 guests can attend a party on the ship. These parties take place overnight on the open sea, after which the ship returns to Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour in Hong Kong’s Kowloon for breakfast.