In Hong Kong, space is a very precious commodity, and privacy or freedom in such confined quarters is even more precious. This is the context that inspired Gary Chang, one of the world’s foremost architects and designers of living space. Chang has mentored others in Hong Kong, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Though he has designed illustrious works for special occasions or to augment public attractions, one of his most distinctive works is perhaps his own apartment in Hong Kong. Besides a funky color scheme dominated by white, black, and yellow, the apartment also uses space uniquely. Appliances can easily be folded away or moved around. Partitions can create, combine, or reconfigure rooms.
To Chang, a person must have some degree of independence in how they move through space and make use of time in order to blossom creatively. Chang often has to explain to clients that the more time he spends out of his office, the more dedicated he is to the projects he carries out for them: freedom of movement is necessary for him to open his mind and come up with great ideas.
Today’s Bite of the Day: “Freedom”
The state of being free
“When I’m away from office, on the contrary I work more due to the gain in freedom of thought.”
Statement by Gary Chang – architect and Alessi Designer.