Take a Look Inside This Tiny Apartment With a Tree House Bedroom

by Simplify

Stories give meaning and depth to any design. The concept arose when the location near the forest was discovered—a perfect spot for a tree house that exuded a dreamy and cozy vibe.

Situated in the heart of Hong Kong, where greenery is scarce, the opportunity to build an apartment next to the hillside was truly cherished.

With an interior spanning 33 square meters (355 square feet) and an additional four square meters (43 square feet) for the balcony, the apartment became a home for architect Nelson Chow and his dog, each having their own designated corners.

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Transforming a one-bedroom apartment that was constructed three years ago, the decision was made to demolish a partitioning wall and create a tree house, which opened up a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Challenges arose while working with the existing structure, but the decision was made to preserve the exquisite brass and wood kitchen, accentuating it with a simple dark blue color scheme to highlight the gold elements without overpowering the space. Custom gold accents, such as the Tom Dixon light positioned adjacent to the sofa, were also incorporated.

While some argue against using dark colors in small apartments, it ultimately depends on the context. In this case, the goal was to frame the view of the outside, prioritizing the presence of the surrounding environment and establishing a stronger connection to the outdoors.

Exterior enhancements of the tree house involved the use of Patricia Urquiola terracotta tiles, seamlessly complementing the timber frame. The strategic play between dark and light shades created a sequence, enhancing the ambiance of the downstairs area, which can even accommodate dinner parties beneath the tree house.

Forest in Hong Kong

Upstairs, with a reduced ceiling height of four feet, an intimate atmosphere is fostered. Inside the tree house, pinewood cladding adorns all sides, including the ceiling, with a small window offering a glimpse into the forest, providing a cozy and comforting atmosphere.

To maintain a cohesive design, the lower part of the closets was painted to match the dark blue paint downstairs, creating a unified perception of space on the lower level, while the upper level exudes a timber-filled ambiance.

The kitchen features minimal vertical elements, divided into two sections—one for the under-counter fridge and the other for the freezer.

Living next to the forest offers a sense of tranquility within the bustling center of Hong Kong. The ability to gaze upon something other than concrete is truly treasured. This apartment provides an escape from the urban environment, allowing its residents to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

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