“I wanted to make something incredibly beautiful that people would respect and love for generations,” says Frank Gehry of Opus – his first residential building in Asia – in Opus Hong Kong: A Monograph by Marcus Field.
Completed in 2012, the striking structure was inspired by the breathtaking scenery surrounding it. “I thought the building, in such a beautiful spot, should have an organic feel to it,” continues Gehry. Finely tuned glass-enclosed columns form the poetic exterior, twisting up and around the building like reeds swaying in the breeze.
When the homeowner purchased this property in Opus, he wanted nothing but the best for his dream abode. He was immediately drawn to the aesthetics of Taiwanese designers – who are generally more comfortable working with larger spaces – and interviewed a number of prominent names before he met with James Tu, the president of James Tu Interiors.
“We hit it off right away and he asked me if I’d be willing to come to Hong Kong to design his home for him,” says James. “I agreed in a heartbeat.” With a background in architecture and more than three decades’ experience in the design industry, James has overseen most of the houses in Hungsheng Dibao – which is widely recognised as the most luxurious community in Taipei – as well as many residential and commercial projects in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
“I knew this property would be one of a kind, unmatched or unparallelled in any sense. Rare, like a piece of art,” James explains. “I was aware of Opus during its development and when I saw the completed building, I thought it was the work of a genius.”
The 5,500-sq-ft apartment is largely appointed with refined, custom-made pieces from Promemoria, as well as certain items from Georgetti and Poltrona Frau
Perched atop The Peak, Opus offers spectacular vistas across Victoria Harbour
The dining rooms and two reception rooms are dominated by statement illuminations, including the crystal Poppy chandelier by Lasvit
Frank Gehry's poetic architectural forms command the alluring curves of the interiors, which designer James Tu echoes in his choice of furnishings
The bedrooms mix materials and textures in a neutral palette to great effect
The veined marble bathroom evokes a spa-like sanctuary
Gold details and a domed ceiling transform the master bedroom into a boudoir fit for a royalty
This story was published in our September 2017 issue as “One & Only.” For more extraordinary homes from the magazine, click here.