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From a minimalist island hideaway to a luxurious oceanfront penthouse, take a look at the most popular Hong Kong homes we spotlighted this year

The idea of crafting your very own personal sanctuary has never felt more fitting, thanks to the amount of time we’re spending at home in the Covid-19 era. 

As we gear up for the relaunch of Tatler Homes Hong Kong’s print edition in 2022, we’re continuing the mission of inspiring and reshaping how people live—through glimpses into stylish abodes around town with exceptional design and architecture. 

Join us as we look back on five of the most popular Hong Kong homes we profiled through the past year. 

In case you missed it: The Best Hong Kong Homes On The Market: December 2021

1. A Lamma Island Hideaway

Interior designer Cecilie Koch Larsen was tasked with transforming this home, located in a traditional walk-up on idyllic Lamma Island, into a tropical-inspired paradise.

The 700 sq ft apartment, which has a private rooftop terrace of the same size, underwent a design overhaul. The owners wanted a feeling of “living in the trees”, according to Koch Larsen. 

The designer installed large windows to “bring in as much green as possible”, and also removed walls to create an open-plan kitchen. Natural light and views of the greenery are seen at every turn. Cantonese green tiles were put in on the bathroom floor, while a dining table does double duty as a mahjong table—a nod to the owners’ Hong Kong roots.

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2. A Restyled Southside House

When the owners of this three-storey Southside house reached out to Liquid Interiors earlier this year, they weren’t looking to renovate their abode. Instead, they wanted it to be styled by design experts. The pandemic has inspired people in Hong Kong to rethink their spaces, explains the firm’s founder Rowena Gonzales. 

Along with the Liquid Interiors’ decorator and stylist Christie Simpson, Gonzales transformed what was previously used as a TV room into a cosy dining space. The living room also received an upgrade, with pieces that add “texture and personality.”

Two terraces—one with stunning ocean views, and another facing the pool in the private estate the house is located—were populated with beautiful outdoor furniture.

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3. A Penthouse With Spectacular Ocean Views

This luxury penthouse in Ma On Shan underwent a year-long renovation at the hands of Adapa Architects founder Ada Leung, becoming a sanctuary where one could “immerse with nature”.

With 2,800 sq ft of interior space as well as two private terraces, the home has a 270-degree view of Starfish Bay and Double Cove through floor-to-ceiling windows. Leung took advantage of this much coveted feature, creating a colour palette that speaks to its natural surroundings. The designer produced a rug with gradual hues of blue, which she says “merges with the seaview”.

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4. A Fo Tan House With Geometrical Shapes

The brief from the owners of this Fo Tan house, which has 4,000 sq ft and an additional 3,500 sq ft in its garden, was chiefly to create a cheerful space for their growing daughters.

They enlisted Ada Leung, founder of Adapa Architects, to create “flexible but unique” designs that allowed the children to spend time together, while also accommodating a rotation of art on display.

Leung added a play area in the living room and marble island in the kitchen to address the evolving needs of the young residents. Soft, indirect lighting is also introduced in the home, which accent the artwork and new furniture. She also built an irregularly shaped swimming pool, which speaks to the geometric shapes and lines throughout the home.

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5. A Gallery-Inspired Mid-Levels Apartment

As avid art collectors, the owners of this 1,292 sq ft Mid-Levels apartment wanted their home to feature beautifully lit walls and museum details. 

Architects Effie Yang and Winston Yeo, founders of OFGA Hong Kong, eliminated the doors and the three bedrooms entirely, turning it into a beautifully curated gallery. 

A master suite is separated from the the exhibition spaces in the home by a set of cabinets that act as a walk-through wardrobe. This offers “a degree of intimacy in a domestic setting”, says Yang. Meanwhile, the architects reinstalled a balcony that had previously been internalised, bringing in breeze and natural light.

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