Bean Buro was tasked with refurbishing a 1,600sqft (149sqm) residential apartment at Bel Air apartments in Pok Fu Lam Hong Kong, for a young family with two children whom would relocate permanently from Oxford UK to settle in Hong Kong, at a location that is close to the ocean for improved wellbeing and tranquility. The apartment would have a master bedroom suite, a study room for the father who is a professional doctorate medical surgeon with lots of academic books and files, a room for a young child, and a flexible guest room that can be transformed into a baby room in the future. The seaside apartment would accommodate a baby grand piano in the lounge for the parents to enjoy playing with a view to the ocean.
The layout composition drew inspiration from the nearby secret waterfall in Pok Fu Lam, which was discovered during a site visit. The idea of the continuously flowing water and the way it is formed by the topography of the natural rocks, became a metaphor for two juxtaposed elements.
Bean Buro Team
Design directors: Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
Senior designer: Isabel Entrambasaguas Usero
Designers & assistants: Aimee Daniels
Contractor / Project Manager: R&C Engineering. Co. Ltd