Green acres: a transformation in Fanling

HBA Hong Kong designs a showflat to suit a pro golfer's lifestyle at Fanling's Eden Manor

Eden Manor

Designing showflats is somewhat like designing opera sets. The stage must be dramatic, direct and make an impact as soon as the curtains open. Similarly, showflats must captivate a potential homebuyer’s attention within seconds, or else he’s likely to lose interest in continuing the tour and possibly the sale. Nobody knows drama better than veteran hotel designers HBA. Hotels, too, must envelop guests in a fairy tale of sumptuous materials and flattering lights to transport them into the holiday of their dreams. For Mathew Lui, partner of HBA’s Hong Kong office, the showflat for Henderson Land’s Eden Manor was inspired by the location: sitting adjacent to Fanling’s Hong Kong Golf Club. Lui looked to the habits and lifestyle of a golf professional to develop the design concept for an on-site showflat to assist in the sale of the 565 unit and 25 villa development.

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Eden Manor Living Room

Eden Manor Interiors

“Martin Lee (the vice chairman and managing director of Henderson) wanted the project’s lifestyle element to be strong, as most Hong Kong people wouldn’t consider the location convenient at all,” recalls Lui. “We both believe that it’s not just about the product—there should be a story behind it. In the clubhouse that we also designed for Henderson, we included a lot of information detailing the various displays we installed. Similarly, for the showflat, we found a golf pro and learned about his lifestyle. He lived with his wife and was really into music. We ended up designing their home as the showflat.”

Completed this March, the 1,314 square foot, three-bedroom apartment included a central foyer with a combined living and dining room to the right and an eat-in kitchen to the left. In front and to the right of the entry is a dedicated music room, where the owner can indulge in jam sessions, taste wine with friends or listen to music without disturbing his wife. The living and dining area boasts large swathes of alternating patterned and neutral fabric on wall panels that resemble art pieces against the sofa and banquet seating by the dining table. The opposite wall behind the flat screen TV is finished in polished stone with a horizontal grain, while the flooring is a mottled grey green marble with a blue grey rug.

Eden Manor Kitchen

Eden Manor Music Room

“Green is a symbolic colour for golfers,” emphasises Lui. “We used a lot of green in the materials we chose, such as the marble on walls and floors.” The kitchen with its bar counter includes open upper shelving to display cookbooks and stemware, as well as built-in appliances and induction cook tops. The luxurious materials continue into this room, with grey green tile on the walls and serpentine grained stone flooring. A combination study and guest bedroom is separated in the middle with an open shelving unit to allow the two spaces to flow into each other. The master bedroom includes a fabric headboard against a feature wall that resembles tranquil raked sand. Adjacent, a walk-in closet and master bathroom with a soaking tub against vividly grained green grey marble walls make a striking statement for a very private part of the home.

“It was the first time we were tasked to design a sales centre’s showflat,” notes Lui. From the looks of Eden Manor, it appears to be the start of a beautiful journey.

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