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  • And I thought when it's located next to the forest we should create a tree house because it's something that is quite dreamy and at the same time very cozy.

  • The apartment is located in the middle of Hong Kong.

  • There's not much of greenery area especially in the center of the city.

  • So we actually really treasured a moment when we actually have an opportunity to build an apartment next to the hillside.

  • This apartment is 33 square meters for the interior.

  • Four square meters for the balcony.

  • I live in the apartment with my dog and we each have our own corners.

  • The apartment is bought three years ago.

  • At that time it was a one-bedroom apartment and what I've done here is I demolished the partitioning wall and built a tree house.

  • After you kind of break the wall, it created like a panoramic view that frames the outside.

  • I think a lot of the challenges comes in to like working with the existing built that is being provided by the apartment that when I purchase.

  • For the kitchen, they made it out of brass and wood.

  • And that's why I want to keep it, because there's a already a very nice kitchen.

  • We only have like a simple dark blue color to echo the kitchen.

  • To highlight the gold, and not have it overtly too bling.

  • And at the same time, put in a few elements which is custom that is gold also like the Tom Dixon light adjacent to the sofa.

  • A lot of people saying that in a small apartment, you shouldn't be using very dark colors.

  • It really kind of depends on what kind of situation you are in.

  • If you're trying to frame the view of the outside, so the outside should take precedence as opposed to the inside.

  • It actually helps you connect yourself to the outside.

  • I brought in the Patricia Urquiola terracotta tiles and clad the outskirt of it, and it worked perfectly with the timber frame.

  • Also, the dark and the light is about creating sequences.

  • Downstairs of the treehouse is only six foot and upstairs is four foot.

  • It actually allows me to host dinner parties below the tree house.

  • When you get up to the tree house, all side of the walls including the ceiling is all clad in pinewood.

  • And when you're inside the space, you have a really tiny slit of window that kind of looks out into the forest, feels really cozy.

  • One side of the wall was part of the closets.

  • So what I did to the closet is the lower part I clad it in paints that matched the dark blue paint downstairs.

  • So when you're in the lower level, you feel like you're in one space.

  • But when you actually get to the upper level, it's all kinda in timber, so you already feel like you're in another space.

  • Because they want to minimize any vertical element in the kitchen, they've divided it into two under counter fridge.

  • So one side is the freezer and the other one is just a normal fridge.

  • It is very quiet living next to the forest, and it's very convenient because it's in the middle of Hong Kong.

  • And it is nice to actually be able to look into something other than concrete in Hong Kong.

  • So we really want to treasure this--that kind of view when you're in here.

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NEVER TOO SMALL ep.20 33sqm Tiny Apartment - Treehouse

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    Mackenzie posted on 2019/10/01
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