Twenty floors above the hurly-burly of Hong Kong, this two-floor apartment offeris sensational views over the SouffljChina Sea, to he site ” the top two floors and roof garden of a thirty-year-old block of flats in Hong Kong – was a pretty dismal affair when the current owners first saw it. A series of small, cramped rooms, it had lain empty for two years after repossession by the bank during a previous renovation. It had been gutted and lacked windows, and the fabric – the concrete and steel – had been corroded by the salt air and general humidity of Hong Kong. But the view, a 270-degree sweep over both Repulse and Deep Water bays, and the South China Sea, was sensational.
The new owners, a Korean investment banker and his wife, first approached interior designer Peter Hunter early in 1996. The brief was to maximize the available space, to make the flat as light as possible, to take full advantage of the wonderful views and, most important, to do everything to the highest possible standard. To that end Peter brought in architect Hans Brouwer, who had previously worked as project director of Norman Fosters London practice; Peter considered Hanss international experience of architectural engineering essential for the success of this project, which was nicknamed The Eagles Nest. During the first six months, the design team produced more than sixty floor plans, before one was finally approved. In order to overcome the relative darkness of the interior, they decided to install a glass void – a contained well which would enclose the staircase – to rise up through the centre of the flat, with all the Church Street, there is one house that stands out for the perfection of its period detail.