A Japanese Design Inspired Pied-à-Terre in the Heart of Hong Kong

05.09.24 | By
A Japanese Design Inspired Pied-à-Terre in the Heart of Hong Kong

International architectural and interior design firm In Situ & Partners designed a sophisticated pied-à-terre boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong Central. The project seamlessly blends the essence of Japanese design with contemporary elegance, with an overall minimalist feel. “The ‘less is more’ approach of Japanese design was our guideline for this project,” says Yacine Bensalem, In Situ & Partners Principal. Leaning into that, they envisioned a space characterized by clean lines, natural materials, and a relaxing neutral color palette. Spanning over 2000 square feet, the apartment exudes a sense of tranquility from the moment one enters the space.

Modern living room with two wooden chairs, a round glass coffee table, built-in shelving and a large tv, surrounded by large windows and neutral tones.

The focal point of the residence is the expansive T-shaped main living space, artfully divided into a dining room, living room, and a traditional tatami tea room. Light parquet floors and warm wood cabinetry provide a harmonious backdrop for a carefully considered array of European design objects. To infuse a sense of movement and fluidity, a custom rug featuring a wavy design reminiscent of Zen garden patterns made of sand graces the floor, while all technological elements are discreetly hidden within the meticulously crafted ceiling.

Minimalist dining room featuring wooden paneling, a table with chairs, and a city view from the adjacent window.

A minimalist japanese-style dining area with a low wooden table, floor cushions, and a large window overlooking a cityscape.

Reflecting on the project, Bensalem says: “I love the elegant rigor of the interiors, grounded in simplicity and a strong connection to nature, where each element is perfectly integrated into the environment to maintain the home’s aesthetic harmony.”

Modern living room interior with a beige sofa, two wooden chairs, a round glass coffee table, and a city view through large windows.

Modern home office with two computer monitors on a wooden desk, floor-to-ceiling windows offering a city view, and minimalist decor.

Continuing the theme of natural elements, the studio space just past the living area behind a glass and wood screen, offers a communal desk that overlooks the city. Meanwhile, the kitchen, with its sleek custom-made cabinetry in matte lacquer, perfectly complements the apartment’s minimalist aesthetic.

A warmly lit minimalist corridor with wooden panels and floors, leading to a framed abstract painting at the end.

Interior of a modern, narrow room with wooden floors and walls, featuring a single armchair near a large window with a city view, and translucent sliding doors on either side.

A modern office corner with a cream-colored armchair beside a wooden cabinet, overlooking a cityscape through a patterned glass window.

A minimalist bedroom with a large bed centered against a paneled wall featuring a traditional asian landscape painting, flanked by two wall-mounted lamps.

The primary bedroom serves as a sanctuary of soft textiles and tranquil hues. Drawing upon feng shui principles, a Japanese landscape silk painting adorns the wall above a custom-made fabric headboard, while the window ledge is wrapped in brown leather. The adjoining his and hers walk-in closets, illuminated by checkered glass doors and finished with traditional washi paper accents, add a touch of refinement to the space.

A modern wall lamp on a beige wall next to a tall, narrow painting of a traditional asian landscape, above a light-colored upholstered bench.

Minimalist interior with a cream-colored hallway featuring a wooden-framed rectangular window showing a textured brown wall.

Modern bathroom featuring marble walls, a glass shower door, and wood-paneled ceiling with a mounted showerhead.

A focal point of the residence is the authentic Japanese-style primary bathroom, where original fixtures and materials evoke a sense of timeless sophistication. Crafted by artisans in Japan, the circular bathtub takes center stage, surrounded by fragrant wood fluted panels and Italian Ceppo di Gre stone.

Angled view of modern bathroom with textured stone walls and wood floating sink

Modern copper shower fixtures mounted on a textured stone tile wall.

corner apartment interior view of built-in sofa with light green cushions looking out to views of Hong Kong

Partial view of modern round dining table with three dark wood Wishbone chairs.

Modern kitchen interior with taupe cabinets, a built-in refrigerator, and a large white island with a sink.

Photography by Luca Bonnefille.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.