“I KNEW THIS PROP­ERTY WOULD BE ONE-OF-A-KIND, UN­MATCHED OR UNPARALLELLED IN ANY SENSE. RARE, LIKE A PIECE OF ART”

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There­fore, when the home­owner pur­chased this prop­erty in Opus, he wanted noth­ing but the best for his dream abode. He was im­me­di­ately drawn to the aes­thet­ics of Tai­wanese de­sign­ers – who are gen­er­ally more com­fort­able work­ing with larger spa­ces – and in­ter­viewed a num­ber of prom­i­nent names be­fore he met with James Tu, the pres­i­dent of James Tu In­te­ri­ors. "We hit it off right away and he asked me if I’d be will­ing to come to Hong Kong to de­sign his home for him," says James. "I agreed in a heart­beat." With a back­ground in ar­chi­tec­ture and more than three decades’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­sign in­dus­try, James has over­seen most of the houses in Hung­sheng Dibao – which is widely recog­nised as the most lux­u­ri­ous com­mu­nity in Taipei – as well as many res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial projects in Shang­hai and Shen­zhen.

"I knew this prop­erty would be one of a kind, un­matched or unparallelled in any sense. Rare, like a piece of art," James ex­plains. "I was aware of Opus dur­ing its de­vel­op­ment and when I saw the com­pleted build­ing, I thought it was the work of a ge­nius."

The home­owner’s vi­sion was sim­ple – for the in­te­ri­ors to equal Gehry’s mas­ter­ful ar­chi­tec­ture. One of the big­gest chal­lenges was that he wanted to make the ceil­ings 10.5-feet tall, which was a huge en­deav­our given the curved struc­ture. In terms of the de­sign and fur­nish­ings, James had free rein, choos­ing lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als such as stone from An­tolini, mar­ble and wood

屋主購下O­pus這單位後,當然只想聘請最出色的人才活現心中效果。他立時被台灣設計師的美學所迷住——多數較擅於處理大空間,跟多位著名才俊見面訪談後,終於遇上了James Tu In­te­ri­ors會長James Tu。「我們一拍即合,他更問我會否願意到香港為他設計家居。」James表示:「我立時答應。」擁有建築背景,以及三十多年設計界經驗的James監管過台北高級住宅宏盛帝寶多座房子,以及多個位於上海和深圳的住宅、商業項目。

「我明白如此物業是難得一見的寶貴機會,這樣截然不同、世間罕見的建築就如藝術品般。」James解釋:「我一直也有留意O­pus的發展情況,看到大樓落成時,就更確信這絕屬一件瑰寶。」

屋主的設計大要非常簡單——室內裝潢定要跟Gehry的大師級建築水平看齊。其中一大挑戰就是他想打造出10.5呎高的樓底,身處線條彎圓的結構內,此舉的確需花上甚多工夫。James在設計和裝飾方面獲賦予全權自由,故挑選了豪華物料如An­tolin­i的石材,牆身和地板則用上大理石和木,分隔元素則以精緻玻璃製成。永恆色澤如象牙色、咖啡色、柔和灰和忌廉色作為優

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