We are in the depths of summer and this month is all about soaking up the sun and relishing the azure sky. The longer, golden days are a time when laziness seems justified and even the occasional shower can’t dampen spirits. It is timely, therefore, that we dedicate this issue to celebrating all things bright and beautiful, the great outdoors and the shrinking barrier between indoors and out.
In Hong Kong, where space is such a luxury, an exterior area is indeed the ultimate indulgence. Our dense, hectic environment creates the need for living outdoors and encourages us to be creative in lavishing our attention on gardens, rooftops and balconies. The conventional approach to external living spaces has been pushed to the extreme – nowadays, it has become the norm to enjoy outdoor dining spots, kitchens, chill-out zones, bathtubs and showers – really, the sky’s the limit.
Our lineup of homes has been curated to inspire. From a serene three-storey house in Sheung Shui (Page 142) with an expansive garden where the homeowners love to retreat and spend time entertaining and gardening to a chic and sleek family home in Mid-levels (Page 118) that incorporates a stunning green balcony, and a minimalist designer abode in Discovery Bay (Page 80), where an eco-conscious couple grows their own herbs and vegetables on their rooftop, each proves that the urge to connect with nature is universal. Further afield, we uncover a beautiful contemporary house in Mexico (Page 130), a 7,000sqft tropical home in Singapore (Page 92), and an awe-inspiring family residence in Cape Town (Page 104), illustrating that wherever you are in the world, there’s reason to enjoy comfort, style and elegance, whether indoors or out.