lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis

lim + lu, the new york-based multidisciplinary design practice, reveals the transformation of a 1,200 square feet vacation-like haven that was previously abandoned for over 15 years in hong kong’s quarry bay neighborhood. the place’s previous owner, who lived in this apartment for most of his life, left hong kong over 15 years ago and left everything behind. when lim + lu visited the site last year, it seemed like time had stood still. everything had been kept exactly in its original place, reminiscent of a classic wong kar wai movie.

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis designboom
untouched, chipped orange and green painted concrete beams are a major element of the apartment, adding a patina that cannot be replicated through modern processes

 

 

the architects decided that the chipped concrete beams throughout the apartment were to remain untouched. the faded green and orange hue beams juxtapose with the new pristine white walls and complement the warm palette of oak and brass accents throughout the apartment.

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
open kitchen with a mixture of materials such as marble, wood, brass, and untouched concrete beams from the apartment’s abandoned past, mixing the old and the new

 

 

‘the idea that time could be used as part of the material palette was incredibly poetic’, says lim + lu co-founder vince lim, adding that the space contained a patina that could not be replicated with modern processes. located on the major artery of a densely populated area, the apartment has direct sightlines into all units and offices across the street. for this reason, lim + lu focused on creating internal views the owners could enjoy.

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis designboom
dining/living area

 

 

the architects have brought elements of nature into the space, transforming this new home into a haven to escape from the fast-paced lifestyle of the hustle and bustle of hong kong. the view of offices and apartments across the street from the living room windows are replaced by a row of lush greenery. the aesthetic is clean, fresh, and sophisticated. pairing materials such as warm oak, woven wicker, and volcanic slate allows inhabitants and visitors to be transported to an island getaway.

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
master bedroom features a rattan headboard and brass reading lights

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
a muted green closet design adds a pop of color and sophistication to the guest bedroom

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis designboom
grey marble, white wood, black metal and glass doors, along with brass accents, create a contemporary and calming master bathroom

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
the shower cabin

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
built-in shelving in the master shower area with grey marble.

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
guest bathroom detail with terrazzo, dark grey tiles, and brass accents

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
brass punch out that frames the view into the kitchen

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
the juxtaposition of the old and new at the apartment entrance

 

lim + lu turns an abandoned apartment in hong kong into a peaceful oasis
shoe storage with wood slat panels and a brass punch out to frame the view into the kitchen

 

project info:

 

architects: lim + lu

location: hong kong, china

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • that is so cool i really like it

    KNIGHTKAT
  • This was nice!

    KN

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
505,908 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine