An old 400-square-foot apartment in the heart of Central, Hong Kong has been transformed into a lux, eco-friendly haven that feels much more spacious than its size suggests. Designer Rowena Gonzales of Hong Kong-based interior design firm Liquid Interiors renovated the apartment, named the Eco-Smart Home, for clients who sought an environment-friendly revamp designed to optimize sleep-wake cycles. The beautiful home minimizes its environmental footprint thanks to energy-smart systems that include LEDs, a solar water heater, energy monitoring, and more.
Quality sleep was one of the most important design factors to the clients, one of who works as an airline pilot. To that end, designers minimized any sound disturbance with the installation of double-glazed windows and by ensuring silent air moment. Programmable circadian lighting that uses home automation to recreate the sun’s color patterns and 100% automatic blackout blinds reduce disruption of melatonin production. The bedroom also features a hotel-grade quality mattress and HEPA air purifiers.
To maximize space in the 400-square-foot apartment, Liquid Interiors installed many hydraulic and hidden storage options around the interior, as well as transforming furniture. The bedroom, for instance, can easily transform into a living and entertainment room thanks to the hidden TV wall and movable beanbags. The homeowners also have access to extra entertaining space on the roof. The kitchen, which boasts an LPG gas stove top and activated carbon water filtration system, also slots away when not in use. Other energy-efficient technologies implemented include carefully planned windows for cross ventilation, a heat pump, and a solar water heater that helps save 87% on the water-heating bill. Half of the demolition waste from the previous apartment was recycled during construction.