Hong Kong Villa Interiors

Tucked into the majestic hillside of Shek-O, the serene grounds of this villa are a rarity in the dense urban sprawl of Hong Kong.

Uncompromisingly modern in its architectural language, the design remains contextual, maintaining its focus on a large central courtyard as in the traditional Chinese way. From the architecture to the interior design, art and furnishings, this home is a product of Pacific Northwest design and craftsmanship and is—above all—a comfortable respite for the owner to live and entertain.

An island in the South China Sea is framed, just off center, as the culmination of a sequential series of experiences.

An island in the South China Sea is framed, just off center, as the culmination of a sequential series of experiences.

Commissioned specially for this client, the bronze horse sculpture (c. 2008) by Deborah Butterfield is the tallest of its kind.

Inspired by traditional Chinese Official’s Hat Chairs, architect Jim Olson designed these modern teak and bronze chairs specifically for this house. The back of the chair has the traditional curve to give proper support while seated.

Artist Mary Ann Peters painted a full-length wall mural in the gallery that crosses the central axis.

Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture and furniture, the house uses a simple palette of materials—concrete, steel, wood, limestone and glass—relying on exacting detail and craftsmanship to provide the visual counterpoint.



Design Principal

Jim Olson

Interior Design Collaborator

Charlie Hellstern

Interior Design Collaborator

Debbie Kennedy



International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter INawards, Best in Competition: Home



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