The art studio and open-plan kitchen and living areas are separated by sliding steel doors, recalling a Manhattan loft. Elaine Lu and Vincent Lim of multi-disciplinary studio Lim + Lu were responsible for the design of the apartment.
藝術工作室、開放式廚房和客廳以鋼料趟門分隔，充滿曼哈頓頂層單位格調。跨界別工作室Lim + Lu的Elaine Lu和Vincent Lim負責設計此單位。 of light and to facilitate the clients’ activities, which include art and baking." The resulting design is fluid and flexible – elements at the core of many of Lim + Lu’s creations – featuring sliding partitions and a mutable approach to public and private spaces. Areas such as the art studio, kitchen and living room are open, while more traditionally discreet environments, including the bedroom and bathrooms, can be sequestered by simply sliding the glass and steel dividers shut.
The interiors of the apartment have been left largely untouched, with pillar-box red pipes and white walls recalling its industrial past. "We design with the context in mind – being mindful of the surroundings as well as the inhabitants," explains Elaine. "In this instance, we were working with a space neighbouring many industrial complexes and a client who has a deep connection with New York. We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to harmonise Eastern and Western cultures. We borrowed elements from the surrounding industrial neighbourhood and intertwined them with the idea of a New York loft. When inside the space, without looking out the windows, you’re transported to a loft in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. When you look out, you’re immediately connected to Hong Kong. The idea of a warehouse-type New York loft in Hong Kong seems unusual, yet it is perfectly fitting in the surrounding industrial environment."
Of course, it was down to the couple that would be inhabiting the space (along with their five pets) to complete its conversion into a home – an endeavour that was realised with the consolidation of their furniture, artwork and personal effects under one roof. The result is one of uncomplicated動自如、彈性靈活，也貫徹Lim + Lu大多作品的主題，配置可趟式分隔，以及共用和私密的空間。藝術工作室、廚房和客廳也採開放式設計，而傳統上多數也得隱藏起來的位置，如睡房和浴室，則只需簡單拉好趟門、關上鋼材分隔元素即可。