With Crazy Rich Asians hitting Hong Kong theatres this week, we can indulge in the dramatised lives of Asia’s spectacularly affluent – although that’s not to say there’s any harm in going the extra, vicarious-living mile.
So we’ve gathered some of the most lavish homes featured on our pages in recent years – from high-rise perches and heritage homes on the Peak, to well-outfitted sanctuaries dedicated to entertaining peers and displaying one’s car collection – for a deeper dive into the dwellings splashed with more than just a touch or two of the luxurious. Read on.
Housed in no less than the Frank Gehry-designed Opus perched on the Peak, this apartment sprawls all of 5,500sqft, is decked out in custom pieces by Promemoria, and features luxurious textures including Antolini stone and marble, dome ceilings – some of them punctuated by statement illuminations such as crystal chandeliers by Lasvit – and million-dollar vistas of the Victoria Harbour, among other lavish appointments put together by veteran interior designer James Tu. Read more.
Built in the 1920s for British diplomats and returned to the government as one among heritage homes after the handover in 1997, this elegant 5,000sqft abode, nestled in the Peak, is now outfitted with mix of Chinese antiques and classic American furnishings, creating a cosy dwelling place inspired by its roots to the past and its place in the present. A spacious patio invites dwellers and visitors alike to revel in postcard views of the city’s concrete jungle landscape, although perhaps its most charming feature is one found inside: a log burning fireplace by the living room, situated amongst cushioned couches for a warm, homey feel. Read more.
A sanctuary dedicated to one’s prized car collection? Why not, proposes interior designer Danny Cheng, owner of this three-storey, 4,400sqft holiday home in Yuen Long. Featuring a garage-cum-showroom of his prized automobiles – that connects seamlessly to the living room to ensure these beauties are never out of sight – as well as two other living rooms, four bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and an art collection comprising sculptures just as tastefully displayed around the home, this abode demonstrates no shyness about its valued possessions while commanding admiration for its refinement. Read more.
Spanning 5,000sqft over four storeys in Shouson Hill is the beautiful residence of Gulnar and Kavine Vaswani that merges art, textures, culture and personal curious to gorgeous effect. Simon Chong was enlisted to design this luxurious family home, decorating the interiors with indulgent furnishings from Baker, Promemoria and Hamilton, alongside art pieces sourced from Sotheby's auctions. As the owners of homes in Vancouver, London and Miami, Gulnar and Kavine were partial to applying an oriental theme to their Hong Kong home, as well as the personal touch that Simon applied through the process of getting to know each family member intimately. Read more.
Designed by Leslie Lam of Primocasa Interiors for an elderly couple, this condominium on the 50th floor of Pok Fu Lam's Bel-Air residential complex was renovated in a speedy six months to act as a resting place, adding to the couple's other two-storey property immediately above. The space is populated with royal blue velvet-upholstered appointments from Fendi and gold Visionnaire chandeliers, reflecting the panoramic ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. "Our style is a bit more modern, but ‘luxurious’ is a very common approach. Most of my clients are wealthy, and I help them choose what’s worth spending their money on," says Leslie. Read more.
Clad in onyx and wave marble feature walls that astound with their exuberant grains and patterns, this 2,500sqft residence in Parkview, Tai Tam was designed for Polly Wong and husband Tony Lo by Johnny Wong of FAK3 to evoke a sense of natural opulence. With fixtures and objets d'art from Lalique, Saint Louis and Mathieu Lustrerie, the moody palette of the residence also lends itself to exhibiting artworks by the likes of Mark Kalan and Hirota Minoru. The master ensuite bathroom is especially dramatic, with its overwhelming, floor-to-ceiling striated black marble cladding. Read more.
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Feature image: Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter