The design proposal for these ‘boutique’ serviced apartments in the heart of Wanchai began with a brand masterplan that carefully assessed the business characteristics and overall urbanism of the site’s surroundings. As a result, the apartments – one to each floor – have been designed with a double aspect, with the main living/dining room overlooking a new commercial district on one side, while the more private bedrooms and bathrooms look out over an older small-scale residential area on the other.
Various lifestyle programmes have also been embedded over the height of the building, notably gallery and conference spaces, a sky-garden and a swimming pool on the roof, from where movies can be viewed at night. A small podium accommodates numerous private restaurants and bars, while a central staircase connecting the two very different areas on either side of the building activates the surrounding urban fabric.
Even though the apartments are small, each of the three rooms has been given its own design feature. The living/dining room has a long bay window, with a glass base to allow views down over the surrounding streetscape. The bedroom has a small projecting balcony, while the bathroom is fitted with a mirror screen against the full-height glazing that can be moved left or right at will, creating a dynamic facade to match the vertically sliding sunshades that line the living room elevation.
Finally, the three main rooms are separated by a single pivot door, which can be rotated into different positions to create a variety of spatial configurations.