Designer Nelson Chow, a lifelong friend of the couple, was asked to design their new Hong Kong home.
They gave him complete freedom with only three provisos: it should look beautiful, be functional and age well. The designer proposed a concept that works on two levels, the design should visually be uncluttered while meeting all the functions; everything should be seamlesslessy integrated as part of the architecture and not exists as separate scattered objects. On a psychological level, the design should make the occupants feel relaxed, like a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The proposed concept goes beyond the visual and is based on the ancient Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which embraces beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
This attitude lies at the very foundation of the design language which NCDA has sympathetically translated into a contemporary aesthetic that mixes bold geometries with materials in their natural unfinished state. The Residence inspires to accept the beauty of imperfection and incompleteness, setting the residents’ free from the everyday.