Arc de Triomphe de Central Mid-Levels

Many architects love the purity of platonic solids and often incorporate these geometric shapes in their work. While a circular building may look striking, its curving interior walls often pose a challenge for those who live or work in its spaces. For one family of four with a live in helper and a husky dog, its 2,500 square foot home in central Mid-Levels offered excellent views of the surrounding landscape. Yet the half doughnut shape of the plan and an abundance of structural walls restricted how the home could be renovated to suit the needs of two growing twin boys.

Hong Kong based JC Vision took the family’s wish list that included substantial space for the couple’s book collection, entertaining areas and a preference for contemporary French design into account in its final solution. Hardwood parquet flooring throughout the home anchors rooms. Yet natural light gives them an airy feel against a neutral colour scheme of light grey and white. The generous balcony features trompe l’oeil marble flooring with copper monograph inlay.

Wherever possible, interior walls were used for full height bookcases or closets; most significantly, the master bedroom’s closet space increased from 13 to 36 lineal feet of storage. French details abound, including crown moldings on the walls and ceilings, ornate decoration on the master bedroom closet doors, and a decorative fireplace mantel. Velvet trimmed full length drapery impart elegance while softening the view. JC Vision added special touches such as a renaissance cowhide area rug by Young & Battaglia in one of the boy’s bedrooms, a hand forged bronze chair in the dining room and vintage glass sconces in the bathrooms.

The flat is a slice of French joie de vivre in the heart of Hong Kong, proudly showcasing its architecture as well as its homeowner’s personal style.