When DEVOLUTION was first founded, we started a project named “Two Rooms One Hall” which aimed to discuss how space designs by real estate companies shape and affect people’s living habits. The hashtag “TheSpaceWho” is an extension of this project. We will be occasionally sharing residential cases with clear personal expressions under this hashtag. We brought our photographers there when the residential project was completed. As soon as a small piece of stain on the curtain was captured by the lens, a man with cleaning tools appeared and began to scrub vigorously. He was neither a camera assistant nor a nanny, but the house owner himself, BBC.
BBC’s place sits right beside a cruise terminal. A typical seascape of a lively harbor city rests right outside the window: ships coming and going outside the window, and buildings shining on the other shore – A typical seascape of a lively harbor city. Opens up the soft quilt, presses down the control button for curtains, tells Siri to play music, and picks up coffee made by the auto coffee machine, BBC stands by the window for the morning view after this series of actions and starts his day. Organized, tidy and clean, the space has neither wire tangled at corners nor plastic bags from supermarkets hanging around. Many people long to live in such a space. In addition to the storage and smart home system provided by the design, the maintenance of this space also relies on a master who is a “VIP-and-Nanny-In-One”.
▼从餐厅望向客厅，view to the living room from the dining area
▼界面化的空间，a highly interfaced space
The “non-inductive” life that BBC, a huge fan for technology, yearns requires a highly interfaced space, which needs –
1.Modern textured material surface
We used piano lacquering panels and white artificial stone (seamless) as the main material to create a smooth modern look.
2.Storage and organizing
our response to this was:
a) Space arrangement: The original layout of the four-room, one hall was re-organized. We kept two bedrooms according to the owner’s living needs and merged the rest of the spaces into an open, L-shaped living room with the best view.
b) Storage arrangement: we left about 78m² of cabinet storage space for household items, personal collections, and sundries;
c) Function buttons arrangement: All functions buttons such as lighting, curtains control, air conditioning, and ventilation were integrated into one touch screen. The switch panel protruding from the wall is removed.
3.Initial State (this initial state OCD is like when a computer restarts you subconsciously empty the recycle bin to return its icon into a blank bin)
We were unable to respond to this as it relies entirely upon the owner himself. Freelance gives him more time to spend on his home thus his pursuit of the initial state would be easier to obtain – more time to remove stains on curtains, stainless steel and glass, and more time to learn ways to optimize these actions.
Therefore, this design that seems unsuitable for everyday use is, in fact, the very design the house owner wants for his living. It is an introvert and quiet type of living which hopes to use labor to ease the numbness from keyboarding. This was where it got interesting for us: the space needs to be designed, but it is ultimately shaped by the character and habits of the person living in it (rather than the family pattern set by the real estate company).