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How this Hong Kong apartment’s views informed its interior design



a kitchen with a dining room table: Tommy Hui designed this Wong Chuk Hang apartment, aptly named the Bird Hide, to make the most of its panoramic views. Photography: Steven Ko


Tommy Hui designed this Wong Chuk Hang apartment, aptly named the Bird Hide, to make the most of its panoramic views. Photography: Steven Ko

A good view is a terrible thing to waste. And the view from the 690 sq ft Wong Chuk Hang flat that Tommy Hui Shui-cheung was hired to renovate is truly spectacular: a sweeping panorama of Bennett’s Hill and Aberdeen Harbour, with folds of greenery rolling into the sea.

“We wondered how to focus the interior on the views,” says Hui, founder of local architecture firm TBC Studio.

The clients, a young couple – a nurse and an urban planner – plan to have children, but for now they wanted a sanctuary where they could relax with family and friends. Hui worked with them to create a design he calls the Bird Hide, a reference to lookouts built to observe nature, birds especially, at close range.

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Women are comparing their clean, pretty apartments to the filthy places their boyfriends call home

Women are comparing their clean, beautifully-decorated apartments to the filthy hovels their boyfriends call home.

A TikTok trend has emerged in which women film their pretty, neat bedrooms and wave goodbye before heading to their boyfriend’s apartments for the night.  

The difference is alarming, highlighting how some young men don’t seem to clean at all — and they’ve certainly never bought anything that could qualify as home decor. 

Boys and girls: Women are comparing their clean, beautifully-decorated apartments to the filthy hovels their boyfriends call home.

What a change! Madelyn Krueger showed off her pretty bedroom before heading to her boyfriend's place

His floor is filthy, and he oddly has a dirty mop bucket that doesn't appear to be used at all

What a change! Madelyn Krueger showed off her pretty bedroom before heading to her boyfriend’s place

Well-balanced meal: In addition to an empty McDonald's cup by the stairs, he has McDonald's an alcohol on his nightstand

Well-balanced meal: In addition to an empty McDonald’s cup by the stairs, he has McDonald’s an alcohol on his nightstand 

One of the most viral videos from the trend was shared by a young woman named Madelyn Krueger.

‘When it’s your turn to stay at his place,’ Madelyn

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