Located at Tseung Kwan O, a coastal cluster of high-rise residences in Hong Kong’s New Territories, what this 46 square meters apartment lacks in spaciousness it makes up for in charm and character, not to mention stunning views of the vertiginous urban landscape. Commissioned by a Parisian fashion designer, local architectural design practice Lim + Lu has designed a bachelor pad of restrained elegance that nevertheless dazzles with splashes of vibrant colour and alluring reflections that reflect the owner's whimsical personality while making the most of the limited available space.
Taking its name from the twin tower residential development it belongs to, Twin Peaks residence stands out among dozens of identical generically designed apartments with its design boldness by whimsically combining a base colour palette of soft, neutral tones with an eclectic selection of candy-coloured furnishings and brass-mirror surfaces that both make the space look larger and bestow a vitality that is sorely needed in such an urban setting of rigid uniformity.
Designed to suit the client’s entertaining lifestyle that involves frequently hosting social gatherings, the seating and dining areas have been combined into a single, open-plan living space that opens up to the apartment's small balcony. Pale laminate flooring and soft pink walls, combined with white and grey marble tops for the coffee and dining tables, and sheer white curtains, bestow a sense of lightness that dissolves the room’s tight boundaries, while the injection of yellow, turquoise, and coral-pink hues, courtesy of an eclectic selection of chic upholstered furniture, animate the space and provide visual stimulation.
Meanwhile, the introduction of brass mirrored finishes, both for large surfaces such as the floor-to-ceiling closet opposite the entrance, the dining table cubist base and the sideboard, and for smaller elements such as chair legs, enhance the depth of the space and set up playful juxtapositions with the cooler marble and softer fabric surfaces.
A similar aesthetic of contrasting hues and textures can be found in the bedroom, accessed through a turquoise corridor which also links the bathroom and dressing room, where teal coloured walls serenely envelope the balcony-facing bed. Next to it, a coral-pink chair serving a small vanity table of mahogany sleekness echoes the living room’s palette while striking a fine balance between subtlety and flamboyance.