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Tsing Ma Bridge

Date published: January 01 2017

Hong Kong

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This bachelor pad in Hong Kong has the sort of views to stop you in your tracks

This stunning three-bedroom bachelor pad looks out onto Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge and its busy shipping channel below, but you only need to step inside for an instant calming effect. With four-metre ceilings and pure white walls, the space is flooded with natural light and provides a zen-like natural tranquillity.

The home, renovated by interior designer Pal Pang, is a serene space that makes the most of its stunning location, with generously sized windows and a large wrap-around deck. Pang came to the new-build project last Summer after the homeowner saw his work in a European magazine.

‘He liked the style of a few of the projects I had completed,’ Pang says. ‘He is very busy and travels a lot, so didn’t have time to manage the project. I handled everything from start to finish.’

After discussions, the client agreed to keep it simple, with a minimal design and well-chosen furniture. Simple low furniture in neutral colours sits on the elegant marble flooring, and the glass doors open out onto the stunning deck with innovative modern covered seating to give a seamless join between the exterior and interior space.

With white walls and marble flooring throughout, Pang felt the house needed to be warmed and softened to make it a home. To this end, he used American walnut to clad the ceiling of the open-plan living and dining areas and a wall of storage cupboards. ‘When the space is lit in the evening, it is very warm and inviting,’ he says.

Once the six-month renovation was under way, Pang focused on finding furniture pieces in consultation with his client. ‘It’s very important as a designer to select your projects carefully - select the wrong project, the wrong client and you are in trouble. My client understood what I wanted to do, but admitted he couldn’t always visualise it at the design stage. It is not a very decorative design - it’s more about balance in the space and key features,’ Pang says. ‘It’s a simple design that is easy for my busy client to maintain. It’s not a show home.’

Designer: Pal Pang

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