TOWNPLACE SOHO upgrades residential living to community living with its focus on interconnection and innovation.
I woke up feeling like I was on top of the world. Well, not too far from it at least. Being tucked away on the 31st floor in the Mid-Levels meant that opening those blackout curtains that had helped me fall into a deep slumber the night before provided me with an instant magical moment as the rising sun started to peak over the mountains, reflecting off the mirror buildings and shedding light onto the rolling hills and glistening harbour. The soft sounds of the birds coming from the botanical garden provided the soundtrack to what promised to be a great day.
It’s easy to feel at home here at TOWNPLACE SOHO. One of the more recent additions to Hong Kong’s flourishing list of luxury buildings, the residential building has embraced modernism and its place in a city of polarity—city and nature, East meets West, old and new—by creating a community that supports local businesses, fosters relationships and encourages innovation.
Together with its sister complex in Kennedy Town, TOWNPLACE SOHO provides a safe residential haven for young creatives and business owners, offering flexible terms and multiple options, from service apartments to furnished and unfurnished, and a “community living” culture that puts a premium on interconnection.
I was given a three-bedroom service apartment on the 31st floor. Nothing short of extraordinary, the two balconies gave me full views of the city skyline, the botanical garden and the harbour. The floor-to-ceiling windows meant that the apartment was constantly basked in light.
All apartments are similarly designed, with light coloured wood and furniture with clean lines. A functional yet minimal design with a Scandinavian hygge concept that guarantees comfort.
As a homecook, I was drawn to the state-of-the-art appliances: the full-size fridge, electric stove, Siemens microwave and steam oven. No detail was overlooked, from the sliding pantry to the wooden cookbook stand. Even jumping in the shower was a true pleasure. The curved shower panel offered multiple spray nozzles: the overhead spray, sprays at different heights and an adjustable head—perfect for a little shower karaoke to accompany the music blasting from the bathroom’s built-in overhead speakers.
But what made the apartment stand out from all other luxury apartments was that I could control everything from my phone with a simple download of the TOWNPLACE app.
With innovation at the top of mind, all of TOWNPLACE is outfitted with Smart Home devices. Everything is controlled through it, from individual lights, rooms and aircon units to music, TV and even elevators, as the app acts as your keycard. Through the app, you can request home services such as laundry, housekeeping or a handman as well as access “My TOWN”, which gathers all “Towners” from both Kennedy Town and Soho in one place. With “My TOWN” you can see what events are happening (fancy a kombucha tasting in the communal kitchen or yoga class up on the rooftop?) as well as access offers to businesses nearby or services, which happen to be owned by those living at TOWNPLACE.
With TOWNPLACE’s Duo Social Space concept, young professionals can come together to create, brainstorm, or simply work autonomously on their own projects in the building’s common area. The space takes up three floors, the first and second providing a warm workspace area and business center complete with sound-proof phone booths, adjacent to the beautiful marble island kitchen built for entertaining. The floor-to-ceiling bay windows lead out to the BBQ, sundeck and pool area, which give off an urban jungle feel created by the juxtaposition of concrete and greenery.
Around the corner, an expansive gym and yoga area outfitted with everything from free weights and TRX to top-of-the-line machines including the Power Plate and Matrix Fitness Connexus Trainer are there to help residents melt the stress away before indulging in a sauna or steam room session.
The Sky Deck is located on the roof of the building, which not only offers an outdoor yoga and wellness area but also a sundeck with sweeping views of the city, perfect for a quick Vitamin D intake during the day or a drink under the stars at night.
TOWNPLACE has made a point to commission art from local artists, as can be seen from the grand yet subtle paintings by Kristopher Ho, who painted three large murals of animals that can be found at the zoo in the nearby botanical garden. The building also hosts rotating exhibitions, by displaying local artist’s work in a show flat.
With a constant attention on the local community and a finger on the city’s pulse, TOWNPLACE gives another meaning to “lifting each other up”.