Bean Buro was tasked with refurbishing an approx. 850sqft (79sqm) apartment inside the third floor of a Tong Lau (tenement buildings built in late 19th century to the 1960s in Hong Kong) on Prince’s Terrace in Hong Kong. The site is in a peaceful neighbourhood hidden in the hilly areas of Central, on a pedestrians only street only steps away from the vibrant SOHO district. The site is very characteristic of old historical Hong Kong, with a stone paved street with tall trees and cafes - reminiscent of European street life. The apartment is for a newly married Swiss Hong Kong couple whom had previously lived in Europe and the US, and now working as professionals in the city. The apartment would support the couple’s live, work and healthy lifestyles.
Referencing the mood and feel of a Swiss chalet, the materials palette is reminiscent to a cosy wooden sanctuary, with timber being the main material that creates a unified wooden flooring that also forms the wooden theatre box at the terrace, of which its raised platform, walls and ceiling are all lined in timber veneer. The raised platform is also a subtle reference to a Japanese tea house, to further increase a sense of wellbeing. The windows are fixed with limited openable areas to increase safety concerns. A long row of planters are integrated at the window sill for flowers, creating a dialogue with the external trees. A calming muted green colour paint was used on the central joinery element to further correspond to the green environment outside.
Bean Buro Team
Design directors: Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
Project designer: Tommy Hui
Contractor: Glad Base Group