Bean Buro designed an innovative apartment, at the Baguio Villa Pokfulam of Hong Kong, for a young family of four. The parents previously lived in a smaller apartment with a young child in the busier mid-levels district of Hong Kong, and wanted to relocate to a quieter villa community that is close to the ocean for the expanding family with a second child arriving. The new apartment faces the ocean on one side, and a mountain on the other. The new apartment would cater to the parents’ lifestyles whom are young professionals working in the city but would like to spend as much time at home as possible with their young children, and enjoy daily routine exercise such as yoga and bodyweight training. The apartment would need to be tough and durable as a playground for the children, and future proof for the changing needs as they grow up. At the same time, the aesthetics of the overall apartment would remain tasteful and elegant for the parents, whom may sometimes receive guests to their apartment.
This project is a fresh solution to integrating innovative ideas in a humanistic manner. It represents a contemporary living space that addresses the complex relationships between the members of a growing family. While the overall design aesthetic responded to the external wavy mountains and the calming nature of the ocean villa, one of the main challenges was to create a materials scheme that would balance the husband’s likings for dark black colours, with the wife’s likings for softer muted colours. We eventually developed a colour scheme that is composed of neutral tiling colours, muted green joinery colours, and black metal details such as the door handles, frames and display shelves. Luxurious high grade white marble was used in a humble way, delicately integrated into the entrance foyer wall, the display niches in the dinning area, and the inner private bathroom for the master bedroom ensuite.
Bean Buro Team
Design directors: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorène Faure
Senior designer: Pauline Paradis
Assisting senior designer: Isabel Entrambasaguas Usero
Designers & assistants: Tommy Hui, Michelle Ho, Abby Liu
Contractor: R&C Engineering Co. Ltd