Mr Chou’s Apartment / Chrystalline Architect

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Architects: Chrystalline Architect
Location: Jakarta,
Principal Design: Christophorus Jauhari
Team design: Febrian A. Wijaya
Contractor: CDP, pt
Project Area: 45 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Chrystalline Artchitect

We try to optimize the function of every part of this apartment, such as the space function, partition material and furniture, to accomodate all the owner activities. The extreme change-over is we replace the bathroom partition from standard brick wall into frameless glass to make it see-through, with roller blind to provide guest privacy. We use a frameless mirror as wall treatment on the side wall at the dining area to double sizing the visual space which also we put a hanging dining table with steel structure that is hidden in the back of the mirror panel. The dining area is designed as the favorite room for the owner to entertain their guests that extended with small sitting room. This area is connected to the bedroom through a hidden sliding door. The use of the door is to make the space more efficient. Along the “bridge” from dining area to the bedroom, we place the wardrobe with mirror panel sliding door in order to omit the narrow space in corridor.

floor plan
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The colour material is combination of white oak veneer as the wall treatment panel and built-in furniture which finished in maple and white colour. The floor finish is using maple parquette which combine with concrete exposed staging as the connecting statement between dining and bedroom area.

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The bamboo leaf pattern on the frameless glass partition in the bathroom become the main accent of the entire apartment, and the steel structure which also use for the bench in sitting area and tv cradenza is exposed in steel colour and coated with clear waterproof coating.
Ceiling is designed in 2 layers, coloured in contrast black & white colour in order to make clear the line of drop ceiling which layered with flourescent light.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Kohler

  • Wall hung closet by Kohler
  • Rain shower by Kohler

Furniture: Vivere , Knoll

  • Single chair in living room by Vivere
  • Round table in living room by Knoll

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Jehann Klauss

  • Standing lamp by Jehann Klauss

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Cite: "Mr Chou’s Apartment / Chrystalline Architect" 21 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • sullka

    Amazing work on just 45 m2.

    However, even though I love the glass cube, I oculdn’t use it.

    OFFTOPIC: Archdaily, don’t know about others, but on my end (IExplorer) the twitter thingie gets on top of the reply space, I can’t see what I’m typing.

    • sullka

      Wait, is it really an apartment? or more like a hotel room?, does the building has a communal kitchen?

      I don’t see a range/stove in the kitchen area.

  • Albert

    Clear, cute, minimalistic. Excellent photos. Delicate lighting.
    Is there anything special in terms of real architecture? Don’t think so…

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  • sheed

    wouldn’t want to go for a dump with guests in the room

    • Marcos

      Agreed. Beautiful, but not very practical.

  • dot

    Yes, I agree too, beautiful but it’s not practical. It’s more like a hotel than a place to live in, and yes would not have guests to come over..

  • syng j. sang


    a beautiful dance of canitlever in land of mystical mirrors. the space is a composition of notes and beats and sings in my head.
    the floor and its pattern is makes me think of mozart and the lighting in the ceiling like rick ross.
    overall a fanitstical use of space. view images while listening to the fantasia soundtack for spectacular impact.

    j. sang
    sang and associates.

  • niko

    Does Mr Chou not like windows?
    This apartment is like a Yo-tel room only slightly bigger and with a toilet on display. I’m sorry, but pretty casegoods do not make up for inhumane living conditions…

  • brb001

    There is a sliding door between the “public” dining space and the “private” bathroom/bedroom so it is possible to use the toilet discretely.

    Normally, I would not consider that absence of a kitchen to be too unusual (personally, I never use mine), however, since the focus of the public space is a dining room then, yes, it does seem odd not to have a kitchen. Perhaps there is a restaurant in the building that caters? That would be nice.

    Probably most impressive are the photos taken looking directly into the mirrored walls that show no signs of a photographer. Photoshop? Or is there some photographer’s trick at play here that I don’t know?