In this home inside a colonial-style apartment building in the Mid-Levels district on Hong Kong Island, “the serene feeling of discovering a quiet stream in a tranquil forest” was what the owners wanted to capture, according to Liquid Interiors founder Rowena Gonzales.
Gonzales and her team led the renovation of the 1,800 sq ft, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home. Colonial-style buildings in the city are typically low-rises in prime locations, and the apartments within are characterised by features like high ceilings, spacious balconies and an abundance of natural light.
A connection with nature wasn’t the only thing the owners looked for, however, says Gonzales. A passion for the arts meant they wanted the new design to complement the pieces in their collection. They also wanted to add modern elements into the home, which originally had a classical look and feel, while “sophistication for sustainable living” was another consideration.
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Over a nine-month period, Gonzales carefully married the clients’ desires for their home with sustainable touches—something that she is no stranger to. The interior designer started her career in Hong Kong almost two decades ago and was one of the first in the local interior design industry to put sustainability at the forefront.
Rather than demolish everything in the home, Gonzales refined the space and added to it. “We’re open to working with a previous design if it means being sustainable,” she says. “Preserving something that’s good is one of the most sustainable ways to work on a project.”