Principles of well-being and sustainability inform the form and functions of this technologically advanced show flat | 養生與可持續發展的原則為這科技設備非凡的單位注入功能與美學
It is easy to assume how a home imbued in wellness virtues might be void of all 21st-century accoutrements – the comforts, conveniences and luxuries made available to us at the tap of a button. Yet the power of technology can very well be harnessed to amplify the goodness of nature. The Eco Wellness Signature Show Flat, a 1,730sqft abode in Mount Pavilia residences in Clearwater Bay, is a demonstration of this.
Designed by eco-conscious firm Liquid Interiors, the African savannah-inspired home is decked head to toe in some of the most sophisticated technology, although this only gradually reveals itself with closer inspection. Upon entrance, the city gives way to arresting views of surrounding hills and mountains through expansive openings in the living area. Wood finishes, woven details, and a neutral palette create softness and neutrality throughout the space, while flora in
談到以身心健康為主的家居，人們很容易就會誤以為當中定必欠缺21世紀的現代配設——簡單一按即可享的舒適、便利與豪華體驗。但你又可曾想到先進的科技其實有助增強大自然的美好？位於清水灣的1,730平方呎傲瀧Eco Wellness Signature示範單位便是最有力證明。
Liquid Interiors首席設計師兼創辦人Rowena Gonzales表示，室內設計積極鼓勵平衡的生活方式，並致力交織出注重養生健康的便利享受。她說：「整體美學概念就是透過裝飾、配件和細節跟可持續發展的特別功能無縫配合。」
varying vessels decorate various corners and crannies. Natural materials and furniture sourced from sustainable environmental practices permeate the home.
According to Rowena Gonzales, principal and founder of Liquid Interiors, the flat’s interior design is anchored in encouraging a balanced lifestyle and making health and well-being convenient. “The whole aesthetic intuitively supports well-being through décor, accessories, and small details that work seamlessly alongside healthy and sustainable features,” she says.
Briefed by New World Development to design a nest with sustainable and wellness qualities, Liquid Interiors has adapted features based on international green building standards LEED and the WELL Building Standard created by architects and doctors, geared toward improving health and well-being within buildings. Paints, finishes, and adhesives with low VOC have been used to reduce indoor air pollution,在新世界發展有限公司的設計綱領下，Liquid Interiors選用合符建築師和醫生制定的WELL建築標準和LEED綠建築安全認證功能，針對處身大樓內如何改善健康的考慮，從而設計出一個符合可持續發展與顧及養生的溫暖家園。
“THE WHOLE AESTHETIC INTUITIVELY SUPPORTS WELLBEING THROUGH DÉCOR, ACCESSORIES, AND SMALL DETAILS”
while professional-grade air purification systems bring pollution- and pollen-free air from outside and reduce dust, allergens, kitchen odours and chemicals inside. Water purifications systems have also been installed, including a Vitamin C filter that reduces chlorine and its by-products, while automated circadian lighting has been applied in the bedroom.
In the kitchen, an Urban Cultivator indoor garden has been furnished, complete with a food recycler that turns juicing and food scraps into nutrient-rich dry compost for the garden. “It’s the perfect example of how design and technology can provide a real modern-day solution to improve health and help solve Hong Kong’s food waste problem,” says Rowena. “Growing microgreens and herbs is a wonderful way of bringing nature, a sustainable food growing system, and healthy eating into the home.”
An accredited professional in LEED and WELL, Rowena makes it a point to translate these standards to local projects, yet the endeavor to pioneer such features hasn’t been without challenges. While less expensive than home automation systems, applying these new features have their unique obstacles and need to be tailored to the Hong Kong market. “General contractors are not familiar with our specific processes, such as ventilation design and the restrictions we place on the materials we use, so there is an element of needing to teach them our techniques from scratch,” says Rowena.
The firm has also gone further to address the negative effects of technology, such as continuous exposure to EMF, with the installation of WiFi timers that switch off connection through restorative periods through the night.
Nevertheless, Liquid Interiors is intent on harnessing the latest technology in developing smart homes for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. “So many things can now happen in our homes without having to look at a screen. Reducing screen time and all its negative effects, including exposure to artificial light, brings you closer to nature and makes you feel more relaxed, improving overall well-being,” she says.
“I think it comes through when you enter the flat that we have created a true home that centres on the health and well-being of the family living there. In every design decision, we have focused on a home that is a sanctuary and an escape from busy everyday life.”
NATURAL CONCERN In support of social enterprises, the designer selected products crafted with renewable materials or through traditional weaving techniques, such as pendant lights from the Philippines’ Hacienda Crafts. 崇尚天然在社企的支持下，設計師得以精選了利用再生物料或以傳統織造技術精製的產品裝飾，如來自菲律賓的Hacienda Crafts吊燈。
RISE AND SHINE Among the wellness features is circadian lighting that mimics the colour of the sun. ”As the resident wakes up, dawn simulation gently increases the amount of light in the room as blackout blinds slowly retract,” explains the designer. 完美風光其中一個重點養生功能就是模仿日光顏色的晝夜照明系統。設計師解釋：「戶主醒來，光線就會慢慢增強，遮光簾亦會緩緩開啟。」