Ceilings that exceed expectations, windows on every side and glass partitions in place of walls triumph in making Antonia Da Cruz’s Kennedy Town apartment feel significantly bigger than its 600sqft imprint. The Hong Kong general manager of fitness platform and community GuavaPass was first attracted to the space for a number of reasons: “The fact that it is a new build that was completed last year, it’s in a great up-and-coming area with new restaurants and a neighbourhood vibe, it’s by the sea, it has high ceilings, its got awesome facilities, and it offers convenient access to the MTR,” are just a few she recounts.
Originally comprising two bedrooms, Antonia’s first move was to change the layout of the flat to better fit her lifestyle. “I had to knock down the wall to the ‘second bedroom’, which was pointless because you couldn’t even have fitted a single mattress in there,” she says. “This was then converted into my walk-in wardrobe. Otherwise the layout remains very much the same except that I had to build a lot of storage space.” Much of it for her extensive shoe collection, she admits.
The living and dining area – complete with Juliet balcony – enjoys views of Belcher Bay to the north.
The dining table and bench, both from TREE, are ready for aperitivo hour, while an artwork from HD Buttercup adds a touch of colour.
As always with spaces that err on the side of small, keeping clutter at bay is key to optimising volume.
The bedroom offers respite from its metropolitan environment with sea views on one side and mountain vistas on the other.
Antonia transformed the second bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe.
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Photography: Edgar Tapan