23 October 2018
A four-bedroom Hemera apartment has a mini toilet measuring 14 square feet similar to the one in an airplane lavatory (right). Photos: Facebook, internet
A four-bedroom Hemera apartment has a mini toilet measuring 14 square feet similar to the one in an airplane lavatory (right). Photos: Facebook, internet

The curious case of the four-bedroom mini tycoon flat

Let me grant you a wish. You will have four toilets in your new home (which I once had in Toronto), so there is no need to scramble with other family members in the morning.

But one of them will be a mini toilet, built like the one you see in an airplane lavatory.

Would you take it or leave it?

If you take it, you’d be comfortable with a Hemera show flat which offers prospective buyers a window to its third-phase development in Lohas Park (I stayed there for nearly two years) which is scheduled to hit the market early next month.

A four-bedroom 1,135 square foot unit, the most luxurious on offer, boasts a bathroom that’s all of 14 sq. ft. (yes, 14) which quickly caught the eye of reporters.

“Because it’s miniature, a tall man going in may find it out of scale,” reported Ming Pao, which broke it down to 5.5 ft. long by 2.6 ft wide.

Despite being smaller than a single bed, it comes chock full of features, says developer Cheung Kong. In fact, it can serve as a dressing room or maid shower room.

Storage is also a possibility, we reckon. It might even house a pet, if enough air circulates inside.

All toilets except the master ensuite have a window.

It is not the smallest toilet I have seen. I went back to my old high school in Causeway Bay on Sunday and found it quite amusing that I could still squeeze my considerably larger girth into its tiny cubicle of a toilet.

I am sure some kindergartens have smaller amenities.

But for residential use, it would be hard to top the Hemera version. We congratulate Cheung Kong for its innovative use of space; this could be the smallest fully functioning toilet.

Given the Chinese name of the residential project contains the words “blue sky”, I would have thought the toilet would be something like astronauts use in space (small but creative and scientific).

Which sets us thinking if Cheung Kong would like to patent the tiny loo to Cathay Pacific Airways and other airlines.

Last year, Cheung Kong sparked a hot discussion after launching the smallest studio apartments (the equivalent of a 170 sq. ft. dwelling in a subdivided flat) at its Mont Vert project in Tai Po for under US$2 million.

The project sold out but the discussion continues.

A Singaporean told TVB she is grateful to Lee Kuan Yew for her unit in a public housing estate which is generous compared to her living space in Hong Kong given that Singapore is a small place.

But I digress.

A four-bedroom Hemera unit has 13 doors, according to Apple Daily, which took pains to examine the details, but the model unit has only six.

And between the dining area and the master bedroom is a 16-foot-long corridor which the paper worked out to two Yao Mings laid out head to toe, it said.

Welcome to the new Hong Kong home for mini tycoons. To enjoy maximum benefits, they’d better be no taller than five-feet-two.

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