Stanley Residence, Hong Kong
This three-bedroom, 1,600 square foot apartment located in Stanley, was purchased late last year by a European couple. They loved the views over the mountains and down into the picturesque Stanley Bay. They also enjoyed the unusually high ceilings and wide-open space the apartment had to offer.
The brief from the clients was to take these strong bones and foundations, and further emphasise the height and maximise the already bright apartment by bringing even more light into the space. Another important element, typical of residential projects in Hong Kong, is storage solutions, both concealed and displayed. The clients’ love of clean, white spaces meant the overall colour scheme was muted but, they also knew that texture was important to reinforce the casual, understated luxury they wished to achieve.
Starting with the floor plan, the master bedroom was enlarged by extending the entrance and shifting the entrance of the bathroom to the master bedroom corridor, allowing the client to double their wardrobe space. The guest bathroom was also enlarged, and the space rearranged to become more user friendly, and to accommodate a bathtub. The window air conditioners were removed and replaced with split-type ACs.
We increased the height of all doorways, including the front door, elongating the walls in the process. The front door included traditional groove details to highlight its significance, and brass door handles and hinges were used throughout to add depth and texture.
Walls throughout the apartment were painted in white, and feature walls, with colours selected from Farrow and Ball, were introduced in the master and second bedroom to add a subtle pop of colour and character.
Evoking a European look and feel, we installed warm, snow white oak timber planks throughout the apartment, from the entrance to the bedrooms, and even the kitchen, creating a seamless, continuous, and endless look. We applied a ceramic tile with a similar oak timber appearance in spaces such as the bathrooms and balcony to carry the same design language throughout.