A serene Hong Kong home with nature, wellness and slow living at its core
Natural materials, versatility and a craftsman like attention to detail make this light-filled family home a harmonious, tranquil retreat in one of the busiest cities in the world.
|SCOPE OF WORK:||Interior Design|
|LAUNCH DATE:||July 2021|
|TEAM:||Kaye Dong, Chloe Kelly, Mike Chan|
Located in the New Territories in a low-rise residential neighbourhood with lush views, the project’s design concept is driven by the key principle that wellbeing is at the core of good design. The owners wanted their family home to reflect the peaceful natural setting with soothing organic forms and a pure, simple aesthetic that would be welcoming and practical, as well as eco-friendly, and stylish.
A ten-month-long gut renovation completely reconfigured the original layout to provide wide open living and dining spaces. The newly redesigned multilevel home, which includes a large deck, lush landscaping with a pool, as well as a guest suite with a private entrance and its own private garden now provides flexibility to enclose spaces or to retain the open plan-style of living, as well as integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces. “We wanted the relationship between inside and outside to be very fluid,” says Kaye.
Soothing earthy colours and pure material palette add warmth and depth, creating a tranquil backdrop for custom furnishings and iconic designer pieces. Deeper tones also evoke and blend with the surrounding natural setting.
Sustainability and environmental impact were integral to the design concept, with a biophilic, climate responsive design that increases connectivity to the natural environment, through materials and objects that harness nature. The internal space configuration is designed to take advantage of natural daylight and breezes.
The main entrance featuring a striking aerated concrete console custom made by Australian sculptors Future Collective sets the scene for the airy 170-square-metre, open plan living.
The open generous living area features a statement 3-metre-long curved white sofa handmade by Jardan, an eco-friendly Tencel oblong-shape rug and pair of nesting Carrera marble coffee tables positioned to anchor the uncluttered living area were custom designed by The Good Studio. “The curved sofa encourages relaxation and conversation,” Chloe says.
Above, a strikingly contemporary pendant ceiling light designed by Formafantasma for Flos emphasises the dramatic volume of the 6-metre-high ceiling and adds a touch of exuberance.
It fills the space with something unexpected and architectural that draws the eye up, but is a world away from a traditional chandelier.
The western-style kitchen by Dada features a large central island with a concealed exhaust system that allows for unobstructed views and multiple activities at one time – cooking, chatting and entertaining – creating a lively, dynamic hub.
“We took inspiration from the unusual juxtaposition of Hong Kong’s built cityscape and its rugged natural landscape, from its interplay of linear and curved elements, reflecting this in curved forms such as the staircase balustrade and sofa.”
The living and dining room windows retract completely to extend the indoors onto a sprawling terrace overlooking the sea. Expansive, bi-folding doors fitted with retractable insect screens ensure that the building’s boundary with the lush surroundings is invitingly open and allows for natural ventilation. A generous modular sofa, is paired with stylish whimsical sling lounge chairs in recycled fabric by Ferm Living, and a marble coffee table with an inlaid fireplace make the outdoors into a garden room.
An elevator and a staircase lead to the mezzanine gallery and both children’s en-suite bedrooms. On the mezzanine there is a colourful portrait painted by Kat Macleod, and a console handmade by Melbourne studio Zuster, as well as a baby grand piano.
One bedroom has a raised children’s play area that maximises the limited floor space by creating a whimsical additional activity zone and a cosy sleeping alcove. The couple’s elder, teenage daughter’s room is a comfortable, minimalist haven of rattan and light wash oak.
The entire original upper floor was reconfigured as an oasis of calm, maximising the refreshing morning light and warm afternoon glow, providing a serene contemplative haven.
Textures and lighting play a key role in the composition. The simple low bed and layered eco-leather and linen curved headboard create the feel of a comforting cocoon and to maximise the master bedroom’s sweeping views. Above the bed, a Sensu Punkah ceiling fan offers a fresh counterpoint to the classic ceiling fan. An Etcetera lounge chair with a foot stool adds a sculptural statement.
The master bedroom zoning supports the owners’ daily rituals with spaces provided for morning meditations, a concealed study area behind the bed area, and a spacious bathroom dedicated to wellness.
The sumptuous master bathroom with an uninterrupted panoramic vista of the bay is composed around an all-encompassing lightness and openness. The wet room features a deep nude coloured concrete freestanding tub from Concrete Nation, double vanities made from large stone slabs, and walls lined with raw edged Yuki porcelain tiles by Inax. There is also a health-giving infrared sauna and a rainforest power shower, while mood lighting recreates a spa—like chromotherapy glow.
Opening up the interiors, working with natural materials and adding layers through art, furnishings and planting, the design team has created a dialogue between the surrounding natural landscape and a young family’s home.