Hong Kong Homes: This Mid-Levels Apartment Is A High-Tech Wellness Retreat
June 8, 2018 | BY Gavin Yeung
Rarefied design touches, air and water purification systems and circadian lighting make this home a true haven from the chaos of the city
Yoga, minimalism, and entertaining. These three concepts formed the tenets of the creative brief provided by two sisters to Rowena Gonzales of Liquid Interiors, who had been enlisted to help transform their 977 sqft split-level apartment in The Morgan on Conduit Road.
Titled “Minimal Yogi,” this project saw the apartment’s two bedrooms, two bathrooms and open-plan living space transformed into a hub that lends itself to meditation and relaxation as well as entertaining guests. To cater to the clients’ wellness and to ameliorate the allergens from their dog, the home was fitted with an in-built air purification system.
Circadian lighting systems using Philips Hue bulbs were installed in the bedrooms and bathrooms to change colour temperature throughout the day to facilitate alertness, digestion and sleep patterns, while blackout curtains shield the homeowners from light pollution. Elsewhere, water purification systems, formaldehyde-free woods, and low VOC paints and varnishes ensured that pollutants, both air- and waterborne, were kept to an absolute minimum.
Design-wise, Rowena chose to keep the apartment minimal and restrained. The predominantly light walls and surfaces are broken up with simple blocks of marble, artwork and gold and copper accents for a dash of warmth. Subdued lighting complements the wealth of natural light, while a flush of foliage above the kitchen island enlivens the living space while aiding air purification.
“The open-plan space is zoned for different activities, with the dining area at the back where a minimal and comfortable nook in the corner with bench seating has been created to enable more people to fit into the space. The angles of the bespoke dining and seating area are softened with the lighter touch of a curved sofa, while light troughs create a feeling of natural daylight.”
“The plain, light materials and textures of the open plan area keep the space really airy. The same materials are used throughout—for instance, the black marble of the dining table is mimicked on the TV feature unit to create continuity. Space in the middle has been left for meditation and exercise. This room is easy to transform from a social party scene to a space for calm exercise. The bespoke TV unit has been made from a stone tile used throughout the property and it conceals extensive storage, WiFi, TV and gaming systems”
“The minimalistic kitchen with a marble bar has a fun feel for entertaining with overhead glass storage, which is also brought to life with air-purifying plants. The greenery takes advantage of the high ceilings and, being up high, doesn’t take up any precious floor space. The kitchen is concealed within tall, bespoke cabinets and is equipped with a water filtration system.”
“The dining area nook is lit from above with some dramatic metallic pendant lights and the strong black table is styled with a minimalist shaker and tray...The coffee tables utilise two tones of metal, keeping the aesthetic very minimal. The carpet is made from bamboo silk, demonstrating how sustainable materials can be used in a luxurious way."
“The dramatic lighting of the staircase from beneath the stair treads provides an otherworldly Zen experience, with the backlit circular concrete light resembling an eclipse. All the finishes of the staircase were redone and it was extended slightly beyond the glass; the darker tiled wall creates contrast and the slim handrail provides architectural detail.”
“Designed for ultimate sleep quality, the bed has a large padded headboard that aids in absorbing sound. A mini workstation is serviced by office storage and printing equipment stored within the ceiling height cupboards. The cupboards aren’t particularly deep and the niche has been included to open up the space and stop it feeling too restrictive. Inside the wardrobe are open shelves, hanging space and drawers with plenty of full-height storage.”
“Pale, reflective materials and mirrors were used to create depth and expand the small space in this bathroom. The black metal towel rail creates a graphic detail and light troughs lend a feeling of natural daylight. The clean lines and curves of the bathroom design are complemented with slick matte black features such as the low-flow faucets and brass accessories.”
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