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Industrial Property Turned Art Loft Fit For A Cultured Gentleman

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Hong Kong isn’t known for space. The densely populated metropolis is home to astronomically high per sq.ft rates, making industrial conversions a popular and more budget friendly option for homeowners. Not only are they easier on the piggy bank, they also offer higher ceilings, more generous space and unique character.

This Hong Kong loft, designed by Mass Operations, is located in the industrial zone of Chai Wan. A pragmatic layout plan uses a concrete dividing wall to separate the living and sleeping areas. The catering kitchen can be opened or closed by large sliding partitions that double as blackboards, creating a dynamic public living area.

The design strategy celebrates the industrial roughness of the space. Scraped beams and columns reveal the structural concrete. Exposed piping and machinery are embraced. Colours are largely neutral – greys and silvers, black, occasional brown.


The owner of the Chai Wan loft requested a home in which he could easily entertain guests in a spacious and comfortable setting. As an art collector, it was also of utmost importance that he have a stylish way to display his art and book collection. Mission accomplished.


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