WHAT: SUPERLUXURY BUNKER
WHO: Terence Ngan
ARCHITECT: Co-founder and lead architect of AB Concept,Ngan's signature sleek style is showcased in the firm's portfolio, which includes fine-dining establishments, high-end properties and luxury hotels, such as Dynasty Restaurantin Hong Kong, W Retreat & Spa Bali,and the Mandarin OrientalChengdu,expected to open in 2017. Ngan's innate ability to manipulate spaces and solve technical issues has made him an award-winning architect.
The world as we know it is coming to an end - or at least that's what movies and TV shows keep telling us. From zombie apocalypses to robots or aliens attempting to seize the planet, the message is clear: it seems like we can only turn to superheroes to save us. Science fiction or not, it's something we ought to perhaps prepare for.
For those less inclined to believe everything on the big screen, it can't be denied that preparation in case of an emergency is a good thing.
With that in mind, and sparing no expenses, architect Terence Ngan has designed a private bunker for those wanting a little peace of mind.
That said, in his eyes, the emergency can be as mundane as needing a break from your hectic day-to-day life. Whether you are looking to switch off your mobile phone and ignoring e-mails or simply getting some quality "me time", Ngan's superluxury private bunker is perfect for you.
"I actually pictured myself as the client while I designed this," Ngan says. "A bunker for me should not be only for emergencies. It should be a space where we can relax and indulge ourselves after a long day. We can have coffee, read the newspaper, listen to music or take a nap."
Essentially, what Ngan envisions is a living room - "but with top security". Taking this theme to heart, he opts for an earth-toned palette for the interiors. The calming nature of these colours, and the plush cashmere furnishings, allows anyone in the bunker to feel relaxed - whether they're in there for entertainment or in case of an emergency.
For entertainment and relaxation, Ngan has built in a big day bed for lounging, as well as bookshelves, a sound system and flat-screen TVs.
The bunker is a living room within the owner's house and is hidden from the world. Concealed behind what Ngan describes as a "magic mirror" in the owner's bedroom, the designer imagines the process of entering the private room as a "rite". "You walk through the bedroom, feeling relaxed after a shower, and enter this hidden space to escape from the busy world," he says.
In case of an actual emergency, though, Ngan has incorporated functions fitting of a "panic room".
The magic mirror is not only bullet-resistant, but it also features fingerprint recognition so that only the owner can enter. The sensor is also hidden within the magic mirror, in a place that only the owner knows of.
Luxury is in the details, and Ngan has included an individual air conditioner in the bunker, in case the power supply is cut off. The designer will also spend around three months to ensure the walls are thick enough to support the air conditioner and to install sound-proofing for extra security.
It should go without saying that there will be a surveillance system too, so that in case of a real emergency such as a robbery or theft, the owner will be able to see what the criminals are doing.
Furthermore, a safe will be installed in the bunker, and water and high-fibre food will be stored in advance.
For Ngan, though, these emergency safety features are just for protection. The main point is that the bunker will provide a safe haven for the owner. "I believe it would become a trend for high-net-worth individuals to build such a space in their house," he says. "It will become a leisure space."
As told to Joanne Lam