A Japanese-inspired pied-à-terre in Hong Kong

International architecture and interior design firm In Situ & Partners has designed a sophisticated pied-à-terre offering panoramic views of Hong Kong Central. The project seamlessly combines the essence of Japanese design with contemporary elegance, with an overall minimalist feel. “The ‘less is more’ approach to Japanese design was our guideline for this project,” explains Yacine Bensalem, director of In Situ & Partners. Building on this, they envisioned a space characterized by clean lines, natural materials and a relaxing neutral color palette. Spanning over 2,000 square feet, the apartment exudes a sense of tranquility from the moment one enters the space.

Modern living room with two wooden chairs, a round glass coffee table, built-in shelves and a large TV, surrounded by large windows and neutral tones.

The focal point of the residence is the expansive T-shaped main living space, cleverly divided into a dining room, living room and traditional tatami tea room. Light parquet floors and warm wooden cabinets provide a harmonious backdrop to a carefully considered range of European design objects. To instill a sense of movement and fluidity, a custom rug with a wavy design reminiscent of Zen sand garden patterns adorns the floor, while all the technological elements are discreetly hidden in the meticulously crafted ceiling.

Minimalist dining room featuring wood paneling, a table with chairs, and city views from the adjacent window.

A minimalist Japanese-style dining room with a wooden coffee table, floor cushions and a large window overlooking a cityscape.

Reflecting on the project, Bensalem says: “I love the elegant rigor of the interiors, based on simplicity and a strong connection with nature, where each element is perfectly integrated into the environment to maintain the aesthetic harmony of the house. »

Modern living room interior with a beige sofa, two wooden chairs, a round glass coffee table and a city view through large windows.

Modern home office with two computer monitors on a wooden desk, floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, and minimalist decor.

Continuing the theme of natural elements, the studio space located just past the living room, behind a glass and wood screen, offers a shared office that overlooks the city. Meanwhile, the kitchen, with its elegant custom-made matte lacquer cabinets, perfectly complements the apartment’s minimalist aesthetic.

A warmly lit, minimalist hallway with wooden panels and floors, leading to a framed abstract painting at the back.

Interior of a modern, narrow room with parquet flooring and wooden walls, featuring a single armchair near a large window with a city view and translucent sliding doors on either side.

A modern office area with a cream-colored armchair next to a wooden cabinet, overlooking a cityscape through a patterned glass window.

A minimalist bedroom with a large bed centered against a paneled wall depicting a traditional Asian landscape, flanked by two wall lamps.

The master bedroom serves as a sanctuary of soft textiles and tranquil hues. Drawing inspiration from the principles of feng shui, a silk painting of a Japanese landscape adorns the wall above a custom fabric headboard, while the windowsill is wrapped in brown leather. Adjoining his and hers dressing rooms, lit by paned glass doors and finished with traditional washi paper accents, add a touch of refinement to the space.

A modern sconce on a beige wall next to a tall, narrow painting of a traditional Asian landscape, above a light-colored upholstered bench.

Minimalist interior with a cream-colored hallway featuring a rectangular wood-framed window showing a textured brown wall.

Modern bathroom with marble walls, glass shower door and paneled ceiling with mounted shower head.

The focal point of the residence is the authentic Japanese-style master bathroom, where original fixtures and materials evoke a sense of timeless sophistication. Crafted by artisans in Japan, the circular bathtub takes center stage, surrounded by fluted fragrant wood panels and Italian Ceppo di Gre stone.

Corner view of modern bathroom with textured stone walls and floating wooden sink

Modern copper shower fixtures mounted on a textured stone tile wall.

Corner apartment interior view of built-in sofa with light green cushions overlooking Hong Kong

Partial view of a modern round dining table with three dark wood Wishbone chairs.

Modern kitchen interior with taupe cabinets, built-in refrigerator and large white island with sink.

Photography by Luca Bonnefille.

Caroline Williamson is editor-in-chief of Design Milk. She holds a BFA in Photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage items, doing pen crosswords in the New York Times, or reworking playlists on Spotify.