Form and functionality coexist harmoniously in this compact 370sqft Kowloon flat

While some fear that innovation and creativity are constrained by scope and proportion, Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary design practice NC Design & Architecture (NCDA) proves such worries are unfounded with this treehouse-inspired residence in Kowloon – measuring a mere 370sqft.

Nelson Chow, the principal of NCDA and lead designer on this project, says, “We saw endless possibilities in this space when we first arrived – the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and the forest view in the bedroom, to name a few.”


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Nelson took down the dividing wall between the living room and the bedroom to take full advantage of the picturesque, panoramic view, with rarely found greenery in the bustling city. To utilise the compact space as much as possible, he decided to create a platform bed, which later led to the treehouse idea.

“We clad the bed with furnished pine wood and added a simple wooden ladder for access,” recalls Nelson. “It goes perfectly with the verdant surroundings and aptly maximises the 10-foot-high ceiling.”

Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina, Tierras wall tiles in lattice-like patterns delicately line the facade of the private quarters, available from Anta Building Materials.

A dramatic background hue was selected to match with the homeowner's style. The coffee table comprises Jottergoods' brass base from Archetypal.

The dining table is set with Japanese ceramic tableware from Klondike and cutlery from Cutipol.

The loft style bed frees up space in the living areas without sacrificing privacy.

The ingenious layout of the treehouse-like abode.

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Photography: Dennis Lo | Dennis Lo Designs
Production: Nikey Cheng