Visited family in HK a month ago, and was struck by the complexity of the floorplates of their typical apartment buildings... the floorplate below is just a bit larger than a typical Yaletown one. If they're so big on minimizing wasted square footage in every apartment, why waste so much money on 2-3 times the amount of building envelope? I know natural ventilation is a big deal, but surely they could simplify the number of exterior corners in the floorplan?
What's interesting is that the average newish (1990's) 620sf 3-bedroom apartment in HK (yeah that's how efficient they are with space) is just over $500k, or $850psf. Those are downtown Vancouver prices... granted those apartments have far worse finishes tho