Inside exclusive Hong Kong's penthouse
Hong Kong has long been South East Asia’s hotspot when it comes to high rise urban planning and luxury designed apartment buildings. For example, a luxury residential tower the Morgan was designed by New York-based architectural company. It is situated on Hong Kong’s famous high-end Conduit Road.
Robert Cheng, the founder of Brewin Design Office, and his team spent over a year on this Hong Kong’s residential project. And while the 3,962 square foot penthouse has yet to find its owner, apartments of smaller size in the building run for around $7.5 million.
According to Cheng, big part of the project was collaborative. From the side tables and dining tables, to the floor various materials were used - Australia for carpentry, Brooklyn for good metal work, and more recently, China and Singapore for good quality stone work. So what can you expect to discover in this palatial rooftop haven, a property that is an incredible 6.5 times larger than the average new home size in Hong Kong? Upon entry into the penthouse, an extensive view of Hong Kong's lush Victoria Peak will greet you. Stucco ceiling and Art Deco-styled timber wall veneers add texture.
The living room, dining and family room are united in one singular space by a 30-metre wide Calico wallpaper, a piece of art equipped with remote controlled movable fins, in and of itself. Luxurious furnishings like a 73-piece blown glass chandelier by Apparatus, and a one-of-a-kind twelve place dining table by BDO already occupy the space, and ready to be used.
In what could be mistaken for a hotel bar, this decadent piece of Hong Kong property has its own private outdoor space, an impressive 1,461 square foot to check out the city and the mountain views from. More private nooks and seating in the outdoor space can also be found if you feel the need to be left alone in a cozy urban environment.
There are five bedrooms in the penthouse. Cheng opted for a more "subtle" master suite, going for luxury touches like onyx finishing on the bedside tables. The ensuite bathroom features a rarity in space-starved Hong Kong, a freestanding bathtub, that is complemented by lush views.
The Tatami Suite draws heavily from Japanese influences, with a full length floor-to-ceiling window facing an uninhibited view of nature, and is ideal for those morning yoga stretches. The lift lobby is exclusive to the penthouse, furnished with dark tones and custom wall lamps. It is quite a way to start and end the day - the only catch is, if you can afford the price tag.
If you get sick of hanging around your own apartment all day, consider yourself lucky, for the building comes with a 16,000 square foot clubhouse located on the third floor. It is decked out with a gym, swimming pool, clubhouse, and even a "music room," should your karaoke urges rise.
Cheng, who spent his formative years in the U.S. in New York City, admits: “For me, nothing beats New York in terms of the sophisticated ideas in architecture, art and commercial interiors coming out”. And if the new tenant paints over the walls and ignores the meticulously selected pieces, Cheng says it would be a real "stake through the heart”. “But”, he adds hopefully, “in Asia, Hong Kong is seen as more sophisticated in comparison to regional cities. Places like Singapore lean on Hong Kong to borrow ideas.”