Corner Flat

SCompleted / BuiltInteriors Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, 2020 Client: Private Team: Kenrick Wong

Hong Kong’s Curved Corner Typology

Corner Flat celebrates Hong Kong’s antiquated curved building typology, harping on past traditions with modern mannerisms. The interior translates a facade design which reminds us of a more intimate and human scaled time. Aside from the aestheticism of mirroring the curved typology, it also serves as a pragmatic move, creating a clever layout design; The curved corner for the bedroom serves as space maximization for the client to step on the raised platform of the living room. Hong Kong’s curved corner buildings, essentially tong lau evolved from the classic Chinese shophouse and serve as reflections of a fading architectural vernacular. These original buildings embrace the corner with a curving facade and often contain details which are iconic to the era in which they were designed and build; this includes curved terrazzo stairwells and mosaic floors. They are classified as part of an early modern movement emphasizing aerodynamic forms, namely, streamline moderne architecture. However, in truth, the structures were made purely with a utilitarian intent: to be built quickly and cheaply.

This unique form was derived from Hong Kong’s building codes at the time; the curved corner was not for design but rather the curved cantilevered balconies situated at the building corner. The Hong Kong government encouraged balconies in efforts to improve flats’ ventilations. Thus, when a building was built at a street corner, the balconies would follow the curve of the footpath below.

After the 1970s, Hong Kong’s buildings changed in typology as building codes changed, creating the towers which we now see today. Nonetheless, the unique icon of the curved corner building will remain a legacy to Hong Kong’s cultural heritage.

Spacious Studio for Newly Wed Couple

“Hong Kong’s space constraints encourage innovation in design.” The flat was transformed from a two bedroom to one, gaining more open space for a newly wed couple. A raised platform within the living room zone allows for neatly hidden storage. The bay window doubles as space for a working desk, fit for today’s working from home necessities, whilst the TV cabinet sections off space for wardrobe needs as well.

Interior Reflections of Past Typology and Sound Proofing

The corner curved bedroom space serves as sound proofing and privacy within the studio; it separates the sleeping area from that of the living and working zone. The corner bedroom space gives us a glimmer of Hong Kong’s past, cleverly integrated in the interior design.

Color and Material Palette

The studio space features two tones of veneer: one lighter and one darker. By having the darker veneer for the feature wall, the inhabitants are able to have a clear and calming point to focus on, whilst the lighter veneer keeps the space feeling light and airy. The grey accents within the flat are inspired from grey Parisian roofs, a unique request from the client. Whilst the Parisian skyline is dotted with grey zinc roofs, the studio is accented with Parisian grey to contrast with the earthy tones and material palette.


此公寓採用彎曲的牆面通過現代手法來展現過去的傳統,同時也是因應功能需要 :除了反映彎曲的類型學的美學外,它還作為一種實用的舉措,創造了一個巧妙的佈局設計。臥室的弧牆角為客戶提供了最大化的空間,使其可以踩在起居室的升高地台上。香港弧形拐角的建築物,本質上是唐樓,從經典的中式商店演變而來,是一種逐漸式微的建築風格。彎曲的建築讓我們想起更加親密和人性化的城市。這些原始建築的拐角是彎曲的外牆,經常包含一些細節,對於它們的設計和建造年代具有標誌性意義; 包括彎曲的水磨石樓梯間和馬賽克地板。它們被歸為強調空氣動力學形式的早期現代運動一部分,即簡化現代建築。但是,實際上,這些結構純粹是出於功利主義意圖而建造的:因可以快速廉價地建造。