If F Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby were living in Hong Kong, he would feel right at home amid the Art Deco styling of the new Castle One by V
Real-estate developer and management firm V Group found its niche in Hong Kong with upscale service apartments and hotels. Creating and operating boutique serviced apartments and luxury hotels since 2006, the group has won numerous awards from the industry.
This year, it revealed Castle One by V, Hong Kong's first longterm rental luxury residence. Comprising a 30-storey residential tower set atop a three-level commercial podium just steps away from the Mid-Levels Escalator, Castle One includes 112 stylish residences that range from 401sq-ft one-bedroom apartments to 1,050sq-ft duplexes and triplexes. Rich in Art Deco motifs, it brings the glamour of the Roaring Twenties to the Mid-Levels.
In line with what 's expected of full-service luxury condominiums in Hong Kong, the property is equipped with a 23m outdoor swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and sun deck, fitness centre, VIP function rooms with kitchen facilities, a garden lounge, private dining facilities, and an open-air terrace.
"This is the first custom-built bespoke V building, and we hope it will set a new benchmark for the brand," says V Group founder Vivien Chan, who hired Hong Kong architecture studio Philip Liao & Partners to work on the building. Chan's brief was "Art Deco-inspired metropolitan living", and Philip Liao & Partners met this theme with a curving Art Decoinspired high-rise with a warm facade of limestone and bronze cladding. For the finishings within the building, the designers used plenty of stone, bronze and scalloped-wood details. "The whole building is a synergy of Art Deco elements," says Chan.
Two signature vintage pieces were incorporated to ground the project in Chan's chosen theme — a 1920s parcel-gilt antique wrought-iron gate acquired at Sotheby's used in the lobby, and Car Window by San Francisco artist Jhina Alvarado, displayed at the entrance of the terrace garden.
This is an excerpt from the “At home in the roaring twenties" article from the June 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
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