REMODELING OF CLIFF-TOP HOME, 1998
white castle to the sea, black castle to the road
through thick walls, thick ceilings, flows the sea breeze
Hugo House sits on the top of a cliff above a beach in a small Hong Kong village.
The house faces in two directions; on one side a black shell confronts the busy
street, on the other a pure white cube opens out to the sea. A freestanding red
chimney tower connects the two at the heart of the house.
The home is an extensive remodeling of a 1950s structure. A play is set up
between the flow of the open plan and the assertion of each space as a
rectangular room. Rooms are entered through thick walls of varying proportions,
housing storage and services, lending a sense of solidity and weight to the
diagonally connected rooms.
Architects Tonkin Liu
Location Hong Kong