Tiny Apartments: In a Hongkong State of Mind

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Tiny Apartments: In a Hongkong State of Mind


Saturday Space Matters





The title of this post is a tad misleading. I started looking for those tiny apartments or flats that I used to live in while I was working for an airline in Hongkong. But I slowly veered to the luxury serviced flats. Need you ask why? Take a look at what I came across. At prices ranging from HKD $20,000 to 35,000 – which roughly translates to PHP 110,000 to 191,000 – I look around at my cozy home, at barely a fraction of what these Hongkong flats are asking for, I feel like I am in Buckingham Palace for free!


Makes me want to sell my provincial lifestyle to all the foreigners willing to pay a hefty premium price for a tiny space in a congested city and say ‘You guys are in the wrong place!’ But shhhhh…I think I prefer that my little haven remain my secret. :)


Don’t worry, I go back full circle to my original intent of intriguing, captivating and mesmerizing you with the innovative ways one can stretch a tiny space into one spacious dwelling. At the end of this post is a video that does just that. It is all in how you look at things. This video is an example of ‘thinking outside the box’ at its best.


In the meantime scroll down and enjoy the images. On the way to the video, you can pick up a lot of design ideas for a relatively small home. Take a look:



 This orange service flat in Sheung Wan is at Hkd $20,000/month










 Boutique Economical Flat in Sai Ying Pun at USD $165 a night







 Likin’ the red sofa.  This flat at Wanchai goes for Hkd $29,000/month



 Jordan, Kowloon…going for Hkd 22,000/month





Take note of the black Chandelier – really nice



Glass tile blocks enclosing the kitchen area



 Swivel TV – great idea



 A good use of space. I am getting a lot of design ideas here.





 Below the dining table is  the washing machine. I guess the table folds up.


Gary Chang, an architect, calls this the “Domestic Transformer.” Check out the video of Chang in his apartment below. homedesign.com


He designed his 344 square foot apartment in Hong Kong to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls.”




You should have seen how I managed to stretch my teeny tiny Hongkong flat then. Now I wish I took a lot of pictures. The lesson is that no matter where you live and what address you have, how big or how small your living space is, a creative mind will always manage to transform any area into a beautiful house that one can call ‘home’.









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