Bean Buro has gutted the internal walls of the three bedrooms apartment of approximately 2,000sqft to transform a dark corridor layout into a light filled open space. The project is located in Cape Mansions, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong.
The brief was to create a fresh and calm space that feels natural as a seaside apartment for a Belgian French / Chinese couple. The concept was to remove all dead spaces by removing as much partitions as possible by using a series of foldable partitions to create flexible zoning. A hobbies room with a sofa bed can be closed up and used as a private guest room, and remained opened up most of the time to allow maximum natural daylight going across the apartment.
High quality natural European timber washed with a contemporary tone was used to construct all carpentry and flooring. A set of full height timber panels with a delicate pattern of display niches begin from the entrance and extends deep into the rear of the open kitchen, creating a continuous backdrop by linking the foyer lounge, dinning area and kitchen together. The timber panels conceals a system of high density storages, from shoe racks to kitchenware and equipments, as well as a walk in wardrobe for out door sport gears and bicycles. Each cabinet conceals curious objects, including antique western history books and contemporary Chinese art.
The full height timber panels are carefully designed with intricate shadow gaps to create a playful pattern. The previous corridor effect has been completely removed by allowing a timber bookcase to fold into the circulation way before transforming into a work study. The bookcase is a curated display of decorations and concealed storages. Full height mirrors are lined at the windows and wall junctions to extend the panoramic view of the ocean, and maximising natural daylight into the deepest corner of the apartment. Roller blinds can be controlled electronically, and scene lighting control is used to create a range of atmospheres throughout the day to correspond to the changing colours of the horizon.
Bean Buro Team
Design director: Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
Architectural assistant: Katherine Leung, Aimee Daniels, Michelle Ho
Contractor / Project Management: R&C Engineering Co. Ltd