Yabu Pushelberg injects opulence into a Gehry building on Hong Kong’s hillside. Plus, we select seven of the best new products and materials for creating your own dream cooking space.
It won’t surprise visitors to the sought-after neighbourhood of Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island and its most popular attraction, to find a Frank Gehry-designed building there. For Opus Hong Kong, Gehry’s first residential project in Asia, the Los Angeles architect called on Yabu Pushelberg of Toronto and New York to conceptualize the interiors of the 12-storey, spiralling high-rise – an apropos commission for the firm, which just completed hospitality spaces for the Waldorf Astoria Beijing and hotelier Ian Schrager’s London Edition.
For each of the Opus’s 12 roomy units, which range from 560 to 830 square metres, YP took cues from the lush hillside surroundings. Elements such as a bronzed coffee table made from tree trunks are incorporated, along with semi-precious quartzite surfaces crafted by a Brazilian jeweller. Expanding the nature theme, rotating floor-to-ceiling screens feature golden floral motifs, interchanged with stick-like dividers that evoke a bare forest.
Elegant granite flooring from Ciot acts as a unifying element between living and eating. The kitchen exudes a contemporary, pared-back feel, thanks to platinum-coloured wall tiles from Water-works, a custom Electrolux Molteni range and Boffi’s slick countertops and handleless cabinets. With a pendant light by Ingo Maurer sparkling overhead, this kitchen – like many before it – is certain to be the most popular spot at the party.
In the May 2015 issue of Azure, we serve up 16 pages worth of ideas for designing and kitting out your own kitchen. Here are seven selections from that list, and you can visit our online Product Guide for more.
1 Chef Collection by Samsung
Both fun and functional, LED virtual flames shine onto pots and pans to combine the precision of induction (which simmers and boils more efficiently than electric or gas) with the illusion of cooking on a gas range. Click here for more kitchen and home accessories.
2 Theo by Stelton
This contemporary take on Japanese stoneware comprises a teapot, a warmer, a mug, and three miniature bowls for storing used tea bags, all finished in cast iron with bamboo accents. Click here for more kitchen and home accessories.
3 Om Air by Elica
Elica updated Om, designed 10 years ago, with this glass model featuring a polyurethane odour filter and LED strip lights. Air comes in various colourways, including pink and blue. Click here for more appliances.
4 Metris by Hansgrohe
Phoenix Design’s angular Metris enhances the shape of square sinks. A pull-out wand has stream and spray functions that toggle with a thumb trigger button. Click here for more kitchens.
5 Laminam by Stone Tile
This super-durable ceramic skin is a mere three millimetres thick. Sleek and contemporary, it’s made of recyclable materials and resists chemicals, frost, fire and fading. Click here for more architecture products.
7 Salepepe by Ornamenta
Meaning salt and pepper, Salepepe consists of grainy square and rectangular tiles in 33 colours, with matching grout (Ultracolor Plus Kerapoxy from Mapei), to create grid-like patterns. Click here for more coverings.