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30 Sep, 2011

Lessons in Maximising the Use of Your Space

Serviced apartments show how it’s done with layouts and furnishings that focus on flexibility and practicality, with a dash of style.

 

 

Lessons in Maximising the Use of Your Space

Serviced apartments show how it’s done with layouts and furnishings that focus on flexibility and practicality, with a dash of style.

 

When CHI International executive director Pilar Morais considers taking on a new serviced-apartment project, whether it involves building from scratch or refitting an existing building, she usually has one main concern.

 

“Design is the most important thing,” she says. “You see so many buildings where it isn’t done right. You lose your storage space, you don’t have a good flow through the apartment, you get off your bed and stub your toe on something.”

 

To avoid those pitfalls, CHI International knocks down all non-structural internal walls if it is refitting a building, as it did with its first four projects in Hong Kong. (It has since built a fifth from scratch in Wan Chai.) The company then marks our on the floor exactly where all the walls, hallways and major pieces of furniture will go.

 

“Obviously the plan is going to change over time, but we mark it all out,” Morais says. “We have an idea in mind when we purchase a property as to what can fit, and when a designer is able to match that, everybody is happy.”

 

Morais, her family and staff stress-test the firm’s serviced apartments by staying in them. At its Nathan Road property, doing that revealed inadequate storage space in the bathroom – another consideration for apartments in which guests may stay for months. But there was room next to the sinks, so shelves and a countertop were added before the units opened.

 

“We need to find the balance between maximizing space while still maintaining a sense of east and comfort,” Morais says. “Most importantly, it needs to be functional. If it doesn’t serve a purpose other than to just look good, it’s unnecessary.”


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