TC Apartment, China by Office ZHU

A warm and inviting space for family reunion

Project Specs


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The Taicang apartment by office ZHU, is a renovation project of an existing double storey residence in Taicang, Jiangsu. Office ZHU’s design intervention provides their clients with ample space to escape the city and reconnect, whether on a weekend retreat or holiday family visits.

▼复式公寓内部概览,interior of double storey residence  ©朱思宇




▼原有平面,original plan

For the young Shanghai based clients, the leading design driver for the project was a desire to create a relaxed environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nestled in the wide and heavily landscaped streets of Taicang, the apartment’s surroundings offer a welcome break from the density of Shanghai. Additionally, the existing housing typology in the area offers luxuriously high ceilings. The Taicang apartment is no exception, boasting a double height, light-filled internal living space – a perfect base for a spacious and fluid atmosphere.

▼现有空间具有无可比拟的高度,挑空客厅光线充足,the existing housing typology in the area offers luxuriously high ceilings and a double height, light-filled internal living space




In order to fully express the apartments existing spatial character, Office Zhu took a paired back, minimalist approach. The architects’ began by compressing the existing stair to a single run. The gained space was then utilised for open library shelving on the upper level and a bar counter on the ground floor.

▼入口区域,entrance area  ©朱思宇


▼通高的客厅,living room spans to the ceiling  ©朱思宇

▼清新色调的客厅,living room in fresh colour  ©郭林昂

▼吧台,bar counter  ©朱思宇

▼厨房及餐厅空间,kitchen and dinning room  ©朱思宇



▼通高的门,full height doors  ©朱思宇


Joinery was correspondingly restricted to the perimeter, while walls and sliding doors were reduced to a bare minimum. Instead, the use of low level furnishings define functional areas, further exaggerating the internal volume. The design also flaunts generous openings, with floor to ceiling doors that celebrate the verticality of the space while also providing effortless cross circulation throughout.

▼通向二层的楼梯-踢脚线,扶手等节点被压缩至墙内,stairs to the second floor-skirting line, handrail and other details are compressed into the wall  ©朱思宇


▼踢脚线细节,skirting line details  ©郭林昂(左)©朱思宇(右)


▼二层阅读区,reading area on the second floor  ©朱思宇

▼主卧室,master bedroom  ©朱思宇

▼活动室,activity room  ©郭林昂


The neutral colour pallet of the project features large expanses of white, with accents of grey and black. Office Zhu also introduced large blocks of nature-inspired colour to add warmth to the space and reference the clients’ bubbly personality. A carefully considered pallet of browns, pinks and greens in muted tones were placed sparingly across the horizontal plane, continuing the visual unity of the apartment.

▼色板及家具选择,selection of colour pallet and furniture


Statement pieces in the form of seats and lamps with vibrant silhouettes add visual interest and variation to the clean lines dominating the rest of the design. The client also gave a final personal touch, producing a series of small sculptures and paintings to adorn the space.With a simple and clear design strategy, Office ZHU has succeeded in delivering a warm and inviting space for the whole family.

▼内部家具细节,furniture details  ©郭林昂

▼一层平面图,first floor plan

▼二层平面图,second floor plan

项目名称:TC Apartment
主创:王卓尔,Begonea Maisa,孙茜
文字及翻译:王卓尔,Alana Naumann
Project Name:TC Apartment
Design: Office ZHU
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Design year & Complete year:2017-2019
Leader Designer: Wang Zhuoer,Begonea Maisa,Sun Qian,
Team:Zhou Mingdi,Dai Linglan,Zhang Yuyuan
Photo Credits:Zhu Siyu,Guo Linang,
Photography Asistant: Wu Yaping,Wang Jiajun
Project Location: Jiangsu Province, Taicang
Products used in the project: HAY
Text and Translation:Wang Zhuoer,Alana Naumann

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