Shaw studios building’s exterior consists of slanted lines, giving it a sense of movement.
To give a sense of consistency, on the layout plan we pursue with this feeling of movement and flow, the reminiscent of the curves of a film roll, which represents the history of client’s film industry.
The office area is constructed with a relaxed gallery feel in mind, to create a feeling of space and tranquility. The curvy walls, not only bring a sense of flow and energy to the space, but the curved alcoves are perfect for exhibiting the client’s artworks.
The original ceiling is low, only 2600mm. Light troughs are used running up the curved walls, strengthening the idea of flow and adding an illusion of height.
Curved lines are echoed throughout, from the oval-shaped seating layout in the reception waiting area to the oval-shaped conference room constructed with a curved glass wall, complementing the surrounding space.
The wavy walls lead us to the library cum lounge room. The giant oval-shaped lighting accentuates the client’s current project models below. It can easily be adjusted to create different moods and atmosphere. Oval light troughs surround the giant lighting to further enhance the feeling of flow and movement.
2021 A&D Awards (HK) Shortlisted in Best Workplace
2021 A’Design Award (Italy) – Bronze in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category
2020 International Design Award (U.S.) – Honorable Mention in Commercial Category
2020 American Architecture Masterprize (U.S.) – Honorable Mention in Interior Design / Workplaces
A building with over fifty years of history. We wanted to revitalise the apartment and modernise the layout so it is more suited to the client’s needs. As per the client’s wish, additional powder room for guest use and two en-suites were created.
A feature glass partition was used to seclude the foyer and to add privacy from the lift lobby when the main door is open. Immediately upon entering the apartment, you are embraced by the welcoming ambience of the foyer. The low foyer accentuates the height of the main living area as you step in. The ceiling has been lowered and wrapped wall to ceiling in natural wood which also conceals the beam and essential storage space.
In the dining area, there is a feature wall painted in a warm hue. Not only does this act as a focal point but it also minimizes the existence of the adjacent main bedroom door. Continuity from the living room to the dining room is enhanced further by a concealed door to the master bedroom.
The entrance of the study has been widened so it does not obstruct the flow from the living room. Not only does it feel more spacious but also creates a sense of continuity. It could be closed off by sliding doors should extra privacy is needed or it could equally function well as a guest room.
Thought has been given to every detail to enhance the illusion of space. Looking from the dining area, your eyes are drawn to the half glass wall adjacent to the raised breakfast table. The glass allows a view of the kitchen beyond and cleverly creates an illusion of space.
The master bedroom has the feel and comfort of a hotel. A unique curve glass wall was used to soften the corners of the dressing room and allows light to penetrate through. In the en-suite, floor tiles that imitate a soft rug was used and the wall tiles gives a feeling that it has an artistic plaster applied to achieve the same cosy and warm ambience as the bedroom.
In the newly added powder room, a darker wood plastic laminate was used to wrap the walls and the curved sink cabinets, giving the room a lovely warm atmosphere. The combination of wood panelling and warm hue feature wall. Mixing grey hues with dark wood furniture and injecting bronze as a contrast, makes this home warm and inviting, yet it still has the feeling of sophistication and elegance.
2024 International Design Award (U.S.) – Honorable Mention in Residential Category
A reconfigured layout, together with aesthetically pleasing details transforms this fifty year old apartment into a timeless, sophisticated and elegant home that is perfect for the client’s needs.
The objective was to re-design three bedrooms & bathroom into a vast Japanese inspired master room with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet area. A serene retreat for the owner when he returns to Hong Kong from abroad.
Like a cocoon, all the walls, floors and cabinetry is clad in oak wood. Oak wood panels conceal cabinet doors, not only does this maximise storage but it is in harmony with the clean lines of the room. There are concealed full height storage cabinets next to one side of the TV. The other side of the TV is balanced with the same oak wood panels to conceal a column. Other luxuries also include a concealed fridge and a bar top next to the entrance door.
The sleeping area has been elevated by a delicately illuminated platform, with a low Japanese inspired bed with a desk behind. At the back, there is an integrated minimalist feature shelf wall with concealed full height storage at both sides.
On the wall between the two windows, there is a wallpaper panel which is not only decorative but functions as access to the air-conditioning condenser. This clever use of wallpaper as concealment is also repeated in the area above the TV, which is actually more storage space.
The bathroom is separated by sliding shoji paper doors, naturally installed in double for balance. Due to the raised platform, the bedroom flows seamlessly into the bathroom, which also heightens the sunken bath. The colour scheme welcomes a dramatic change from light & warm to monochrome shades of dark grey in granite stone. The zen like bathroom leads to a luxury dressing area in warm tones and materials mirroring the simplicity and clean lines of the main bedroom.
By embracing Japanese aesthetics, minimalism and incorporating natural elements with harmonising colours and textures, this master bedroom space was transformed into a sanctuary of peace and serenity.
From a stylish living and dining room to the tranquil bedrooms, the colours create a calming and beautiful backdrop to display the client’s love of art pieces.
On one side of the living and dining area, the panelled wall adds a classic touch. Apart from its aesthetic appeal, it also conceals a hidden door to the bedrooms behind, creating two distinct spaces to the apartment. The cleverly concealed door prevents visual interruption to the living area, giving it a sleek and elegant outlook.
The low ceiling of the entrance hall leading through to the living room gives a big contrast to the five-metre-high ceiling in the living room. The positioning of the wall highlights and reinforces the interplay of lines in this space. With navy blue as the predominant colour in the living room, it highlights the richness of the dark wood, exposes the columns to enhance the height of the room.
Copper red is used in the kitchen area to make the room feel warmer and cozier. The contrast of dark timber and light finishes are sustained throughout the apartment.
The client’s arts are showcased in the minimalist living room whilst guests can relax and be entertained in the kitchen area. The kitchen area is deliberately located facing the garden, the folding doors create a strong connection between the indoor and stunning outdoor scene.
2017 American Architecture Prize (U.S.) – Honorable Mention in Residential Category