Bean Buro has been appointed to refurbish a 2,500sqft apartment in Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong. Located at the bottom of a hill, the apartment is surrounded by natural views of green trees and far sight of the city. The brief is to house three generations under one roof. The previous existing apartment became tired and dated, and no longer suited the needs of the occupants: a mature couple and a younger couple, with a baby. The challenge is to create a home that builds on the social relationships and interactions of the residents, while still creating a high level of privacy and independence.
The centre piece of the communal space is a “social island bar” which superimposes itself between the lounge and the open kitchen. This element is made of white marble, incorporating a bio-fuel fireplace beneath an artwork by late architect Zaha Hadid. This encourages social interaction in the morning as a cooking island, a breakfast bar and an aperitif area. Frame-less glass partitions divides halfway between the bar table to contain cooking smell inside the kitchen if needed.
▼吧台将开放厨房与客厅分割开来（视觉中心处），the centre piece of the communal space is a “social island bar” which superimposes itself between the lounge and the open kitchen
▼壁炉上扎哈哈迪德的艺术画作，artwork by architect Zaha Hadid
frame-less glass partitions divides halfway between the bar table
▼餐厅及厨房，dining room and kitchen
The colour scheme is inspired by the external topography. A calming green colour for the feature wall is a subtle reference to the greenery, as a way to create a dialogue with the outside. This feature wall begins at the entry foyer, and connects the dinning space, living lounge all the way into the open kitchen. It also functions as a high density storage wall, with concealed antiques, and other day to day utilities.
the green wall functions as a high density storage wall
▼绿色是对户外景观的呼应，green is the reflection of the greenery
The artworks were curated with a fairy tale theme with the joining of humans, trees and nature.
▼装饰回应人与自然，the artworks are curated with nature
The private spaces are considered as ‘small studio apartments’ within the big apartment. A timber lined corridor differentiates the private quarters, with concealed doors to the private bedrooms suites.
▼卧室走廊，the corridor to the bedrooms
The master bedroom suite features a glass-enclosed bathroom complete with a double sink, shower and a custom-made Japanese tub, and a wooden staircase leading up to a small “secret” study in the attic, a space that was refurbished from an un-used water tank for the building. A guest room was designed to future proof to become a baby room. In order to be multifunctional, a raised platform with built-in storage underneath, can fit a crib, a toddler bed and eventually a double mattress for a young adult.
▼主卧的木质楼梯通向阁楼，a wooden staircase leading up to a small attic
“设计的主要难点在于维持与周围社区的关系。我们希望创造一个私密独立的环境，但同时具备邻里交流的条件。” ——Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui.
“The main challenge centred on the social relationships of the residents. We wanted to create a feeling of privacy and independence while still offer opportunities for inter¬action,” Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui.
“The social island is all about bringing the family together – for coffee in the morning, for casual meals and drinks in the evening,” Lorène Faure
▼儿童房剖面， kid’s room elevation
▼厨房及餐厅立面，kitchen and living areas elevation
▼主卧与阁楼剖面，section of main room and attic
▼装饰墙立面，feature wall elevation
Bean Buro Team
Design director: Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
Architectural Designers/Assistants: Isabella Ducoli, Michelle Ho
Contractor / Project Manager: R&C Engineering. Co. Ltd
Chinese text: gooood
English text: Bean Buro Team