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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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In L.A., Homes Grow As Apartments Shrink

In Los Angeles, single-family homes are getting bigger as apartment life shrinks. According to research from Yardi’s Storage Café, the average size of a single-family house increased to 3,296 square feet, an increase of 196 square feet over the last decade. On the flip side, apartments have decreased in size during the same time period. The average apartment in Los Angeles is 808 square feet, a decrease of 41 square feet over the last decade.

“Living large has always been regarded as one of the perks associated with the California lifestyle,” Francis Chantree of Storage Café, tells GlobeSt.com. “Many people look for space in their home choices—especially under the current circumstances when homes need to fulfill multiple roles, including work spaces and entertainment—and demand is what dictates building trends.”

While home size have continued to grow, they are growing at a slower pace in the last decade, partly due

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You’ve heard of modular homes? Mpls. just got its first prefab apartments

The prefabricated home industry is a well-known entity. South Minneapolis now is getting its first modular apartment buildings, with the pieces placed together like a jigsaw puzzle with cranes last week.

The $4 million project, dubbed “Mod42,” at the corner of S. 32nd Avenue and E. 42nd Street in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood, was largely built on an assembly line in Owatonna and then trucked to Minneapolis.

Last week, workers stacked each boxy unit like a Lego toy. The giant boxes — each 16 by 72 feet — were then bolted together to form a 30-unit, three-story apartment complex.

“It’s the first of its kind in the Twin Cities and the first of many to come” for commercial buildings, said Rise Modular CEO and Founder Christian Lawrence.

While prefabricated homes are common, prefabricated and multistory commercial structures such as apartments and hotels are not in Minnesota. They have largely been constructed

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