Inside A Multimillion-Dollar Luxury Penthouse In Hong Kong
The Morgan, a luxury residential tower designed by New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects, sits on Hong Kong’s famously high-end Conduit Road. The neo-classical condominium aptly plants American splendor in the upscale area of Mid-Levels--with a price tag to match. According to OKAY real estate agency, the average monthly rental price in this neighborhood goes for US$6,751. An incredible price bracket already, to be sure. But then there are those homes that overshadow the rest--literally, when you're living on top of the world.
FORBES visited the 30th floor penthouse designed by Robert Cheng, founder of Brewin Design Office. His team spent over a year on this residential project. And while the 3,962 square foot penthouse has yet to find its owner, apartments of smaller size in the building run for around $7.5 million (HK$59.5 million).
“A big part of the project was collaborative. From the side tables, dining table, to the floor, we revisited fabricators we used before; Australia for carpentry, Brooklyn for good metal work, and more recently, China and Singapore for good stone work," says Cheng, who started his firm six years ago in Singapore.
So what will you find in this palatial rooftop haven, a property that's an eye-watering 6.5 times larger than the average new home size in Hong Kong? Upon entry into the penthouse, you're greeted with an extensive view of Hong Kong's lush Victoria Peak. Stucco ceiling and Art Deco-styled timber wall veneers add texture.
The living room, dining and family room–one singular space–is united by a 30-metre wide Calico wallpaper, a piece of art (with remote controlled movable fins) in and of itself.
Bespoke furnishings like a 73-piece blown glass chandelier by Apparatus and a one-of-a-kind 12-place dining table by BDO already occupy the space.
In what could be mistaken for a hotel bar, this decadent piece of Hong Kong property has its own private outdoor space, an impressive 1,461 square foot to check out the views from.
More private nooks and seating in the outdoor space can also be found.
There are five bedrooms in the penthouse. Cheng opted for a more "subtle" master suite, going for luxury touches like onyx finishing on the bedside tables.
The ensuite bathroom features a rarity in space-starved Hong Kong–a freestanding bathtub–that's complemented by lush views.
The Tatami Suite draws heavily from Japanese influences, with a full length floor-to-ceiling window facing an uninhibited view of nature–ideal for those morning yoga stretches.
The lift lobby is exclusive to the penthouse, with dark tones and custom wall lamps. It's quite a way to start and end the day (if you can afford the price tag).
If you get sick of hanging around your own apartment all day, you're in luck: the building comes with a 16,000 square foot clubhouse on the third floor, decked out with a gym, swimming pool, clubhouse, and even a "music room," should karaoke urges rise.
“For me, nothing beats New York in terms of the sophisticated ideas in architecture, art and commercial interiors coming out," says Cheng, who spent his formative years in the U.S. in New York City.
What if, FORBES asked, the new tenant paints over the walls and ignores the meticulously selected pieces? Cheng laughs, and says it would be a real "stake through the heart."
But he adds hopefully, "In Asia, Hong Kong is seen as more sophisticated in comparison to regional cities. Places like Singapore lean on Hong Kong to borrow ideas."