hong kong tramways
Trams have been a part of Hong Kong’s urban landscape for over a century. They form an integral part of the city and the lives of Hong Kongers. We were asked to turn one of these iconic double decker trams into a moving restaurant to accommodate a sitting of 30 guests at one time while allowing for wait staff.
- Convert a decommissioned tram destined for scrap into a restaurant
- Had to have capacity for 30 guests and 4 wait staff
- Transport department safety standards had to be met
- Design and build had to be completed in 3 weeks
The Eatery Tram was designed and built over an intense 3 weeks. The greatest challenge was to turn the small space into a dining room for such a large number of people. With this in mind we fitted the tram out with bench seating and a long banquet table with two smaller seating areas at either end of the tram to allow for greater flexibility. Blond wood and light coloured flooring was chosen to give the illusion of spaciousness. Warm even LED lighting replaced the original harsh fluorescent lighting softening the tram’s ambience and creating an even greater feeling of space by diffusing light off the white trussed ceiling and installing underseat lighting. Original features such as the tram’s original teak frame and brass fittings were cleaned up and emphasized to create a sublime experience.
- Completely gut the tram's interior
- Repaint ceiling and restore original brass fittings and teak frame
- Lay new flooring
- Custom build and manufacture bench seating for max capacity
- Rewire the tram and install LED lighting to replace fluorescents
The Eatery Tram was a huge success. It was solidly booked out for the two weeks that it ran. Hong Kong Tramways has taken our design as a cue to make sensitive modernisations to the tram system; the lighting arrangement which we created for the eatery tram is slowly replacing the fluorescent lighting in all trams across Hong Kong.
- Design was brilliantly executed
- Restaurant solidly booked for entire event
- Generated favourable press
- Aspects of design have been applied across all trams