Cover A rendering of the lounge area in the new house at 41 Cumberland Road

Work is underway at 41 Cumberland Road, where the martial arts legend and his family lived before his death in 1973—although this new property won’t be anything like its neighbouring homes

Located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Kowloon Tong, 41 Cumberland Road is one of the most famous addresses in Hong Kong. It was formerly occupied by Crane's Nest, a two-storey townhouse, where Bruce Lee and his family lived in the early 1970s. 

Years after the Lee family moved out, the house notoriously operated as an hourly hotel. It was eventually demolished in 2019, much to the disappointment of Lee’s fans.

Today, a privately-owned two-storey property has been constructed in its place boasting 6,000sqft of interior space and a further 2,000sqft in its gardens. Its interiors will be complete in eight months' time. 

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But unlike the sprawling residences typically seen in this area, it will be transformed into a “modern and luxurious private clubhouse,” says Shing Yuen Chow, co-founder of Hong Kong-based interior design firm LC Studio, who was commissioned to work on the project.

The catch? None of this will be open to the public. The space is exclusively for the use of friends and families of the occupants.

It will feature a bar and tea room, cigar lounge, spa, karaoke room, mahjong room, billiards room, two Chinese restaurant-inspired dining areas, a multi-purpose function room and a children’s playroom.

And while there is a small bedroom in place, there are no plans for the occupants to reside at 41 Cumberland Road, adds Chow’s co-founder Louis Chon. 

This unusual design direction is in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, explains Chow. The owners desired a private space for loved ones to gather.

The client’s brief, which was first shared with the designers in late 2020, dictated something that “carried Bruce Lee’s spirit.” 

The new Chinese name of the house 動。靜之間 means "between movement and stillness." The name pays homage to martial arts. The designers were inspired by the action involved in the traditional discipline, which is followed by a cool-down period. The house will be "a place for both activity and rest." 

And so the designers incorporated touches that paid homage to the martial arts legend at every turn. The “iconic” black-and-yellow colour combination in the costume worn by Lee in the 1978 film The Game of Death will be used as a pattern on the walls. The use of wood in the interiors, and “overall vintage colour usage,” is a nod to the 1972 action flick Fist of Fury. In one of the corridors, the designers created a nunchuck as decoration—the popularity of the weapon was largely attributed to Lee.

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The designers are sourcing furniture from Minotti, rugs from Sahrai Milano and tiles from Bisazza. The switches and lighting panel are from Buster + Punch, and the wallpapers are mainly sourced from luxury homeware company Designers’ Guild. 

The house is described by Chow as a “zero to 100 project." Their goal, he adds, is to "use modern methods to reinterpret the whole place."