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Designed for a multi-talented,animal-loving couple, whose hobbies include hosting painting and baking workshops,this abode offers the dwellers plenty of space for their activities as well as roaming space for their five pets. The 242m2  Property was previously a warehouse space. The clients asked to maintain the rawness of the space while transforming it into a family home and creative workshop space, one that can house the couple’s existing furniture and memorabilia they’ve collected during their travels.

When designing a home, Lim + Lu believes that the inhabitant’s personality and character should be reflected in the space and it should tell their stories. New York is still the one place that leaves the strongest imprint for the multi-national couple who have lived in many countries before settling in Hong Kong. Both Lim and Lu can relate to the strong gravitational pull New York has to one’s heart, as they too lived in Manhattan for several years. The challenge for this project became creating a home that is reminiscent of the place they hold so close to their hearts, New York, in Hong Kong.


“We design with the context in mind; being mindful of the surroundings as well as the inhabitants,” Vincent Lim points out. “In this instance, we were working with a space neighbouring many industrial complexes for a client who had a deep connection with New York. We saw this at the perfect opportunity to harmonise western and eastern cultures.

“We borrowed elements from those industrial surroundings and intertwined them with the idea of a loft in New York. When inside the space, without looking out the windows, one is transported to a loft in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When you look out, you are immediately connected to Hong Kong.” Elaine Lu adds.


Lim + Lu’s first and biggest challenge was to plan-strategically-the layout of the apartment, which, at the beginning, had no divisions, bathrooms or even a kitchen. Then came the question of how to distribute natural light, as the former warehouse had windows only on one side.

Lim + Lu’s solution was to divide the space into two halves-private and public. Upon entering through a decrepit door that was left untouched from its factory days, you are greeted by a minimal vestibule containing only a bench and a shoe cabinet. Peeling back the  adjacent industrial sliding door will reveal a painting workshop space populated with supplies. For the client’s privacy when they hold workshops, it appears that there is nothing more to the unit than the workshop at first glance. However, at closer observation, one is offered a glimpse into the hidden apartment through the window on the back wall of the work space. Behind the second sliding door,  a sought-after spacious and light-filled living space is revealed.


Because the clients are highly social creatures who enjoy hosting cooking classes and dinner parties, the public spaces where classes are held, such as the workshop and the kitchen, are located closest to the entrance. To ensure the most privacy, the more intimate spaces, such as the bedroom and the master bathroom, are located furthest away from the main entrance. Due to the lack of windows in the private half of the loft, Lim + Lu incorporated steel and glass sliding doors to bring sunlight into the bedroom and the master bath. The doors, when completely open, allow for the private and public spaces to come together seamlessly as one.

Lim + Lu Design

Lim + Lu is an award-winning inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Hong Kong, initiated in New York City. Vincent Lim is co-founder and Creative Director of Lim + Lu. He was born and raised in Hong Kong, studied and worked in New York, and currently lives in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning. He has worked in the of ces of Davidclovers Architects, Gravity Partnership, and CL3 Architects in Hong Kong, as well as Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City.


Elaine Lu is co-founder and Managing Director of Lim + Lu. She was born in China, raised in Atlanta, studied and worked in New York, and currently lives in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning. She has worked in the of ces of Boldsen & Holm Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Tiffany & Co. Store Design in New York City.

Lim + Lu works internationally providing architecture, interior, branding, furniture, and product design services. The two partners met when they were studying architecture in Cornell. When they established Lim + Lu as a hobby in 2013, Vincent was an architect in KPF New York, while Elaine was an interior designer for Tiffany & Co.


Their furniture design won praises on 2014 ICFF, and later they moved to Hong Kong to start their professional careers. Lim + Lu was recently selected as Rising Asian Talent by Maison et Objet 2017, 40 Under 40 by Perspective Magazine, and the 100 Most Influential Architects and Designers in 2017 by Architectural Digest China.

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