The “Terrazzo River” project by Bean Buro has transformed a nondescript apartment in the western part of Hong Kong‘s Mid-Levels into a modern family home that merges beauty and practicality. With this project, the Bean Buro team, led by architects Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorène Faure, Isabella Ducoli, and Gigi Kwong, aimed to translate Hong Kong’s natural scenes into the home’s interior architectural language. Now, a spatial experience of continuous curves abound. Let’s take a look.
Go with the “Flow”
“The concept of the ‘river’ via a terrazzo floor finish is a circulation strategy that encourages a smooth flow throughout the open sociable spaces of the apartment while articulating the architectural volumes along its route to create private spaces.” — Kinugasa-Tsui
From the entrance foyer, a balcony which overlooks the bustling Hong Kong streets is just visible beyond the shared social living space. Coated in authentic brown leather, the foyer is well complemented by the muted tones of the open plan living, dining and kitchen area that lies ahead.
What is most interesting about this apartment is its ‘river’ concept. In design terms, this translates to free-flowing transitions instead of traditional architectural elements of square blocks.
With this approach, the designers were able to bring connectivity, complexity, and the dynamics of contemporary urbanism to the fore. Here, innovative design of spatial construction ultimately enables the clients – a young family of four – to experience ease of fluidity.
The light wood flooring installed throughout the dwelling serves to unify the entire house. A palette of neutral pink, gray and white provides a simple and plain backdrop for statement accent pieces to shine.
“To hit a tone of luxury with freshness, we carefully composed a materials palette using leather, terrazzo, metal, timber, and soft muted paint colours. The overall feel is simple and elegant.” – Faure
Whether filled with the father’s precious Chinese antiques or the children’s ‘nanoblock’ collection, this space allows for the owner’s to introduce their personality into the design.
These decorative displays are supported by copper accents, and work as a natural transition into the living area.
Compact Space, Grand Living
Compact living is a growing trend for those based in the city – a fact that rings double true when taking into account Hong Kong’s house prices. As such, more and more homeowners are gravitating towards space-saving furnishings in order to make the best use of a limited footprint.
Taking inspiration from this concept, Bean Buro implemented a design strategy of “compact living” in the bedroom suites in an effort to maximize usage of each room.
Meanwhile, the son’s bedroom suite features a co-working study space that can be shared with his parents’ master bedroom.
Concealed partition doors allow the study to be closed off from both of the bedroom suites for privacy.
Inside the son’s bedroom, a sculptural wooden “living pod” houses a sleep and storage unit with integrated AV entertainment.
The bed is fixed on an elevated platform atop the wooden pod. Meanwhile, a storage and TV station has been installed at a low level outside the pod so that the room can simultaneously function as an entertainment area.
Filled with ingenious custom multi-functional furnishings and storage, this apartment is tailor-made for urban living. Complete with an architectural discourse of dynamic connectivity and fluidity, it’s the perfect home to inspire functional family living.