- Area: 178 m²
- Year: 2014
Photographs:Luke James Hayes
- Architect In Charge: Luke Hayes
- Design Team: Dylan Baker-Rice, Damita Yu, Sara Campagna, Kevin Wong, Hilton Chau
- City: Hong Kong
- Country: Hong Kong (SAR)
Text description provided by the architects. A new home for a young family, the design is the second commission for the studio in the Hong Kong neighbourhood of Jardine’s Lookout- a contemporary residence for children and adults with space for play and space for entertaining. The renovation of the new three bedroom flat blends the warmth of mid-century design with contemporary features and amenities and an eye towards craft influenced from building traditions of Hong Kong.
An exciting brief to create a vibrant space with ample use of colour and material the flat is organised around a large open plan living space. The vaulted ceiling blends seamlessly into integrated bookshelves with a television and media cabinet. This area is screened from visitors by a large cabinet with curved glass display for a sculpture and hidden storage for shoes, coats, and bags, along the entry corridor.
At the rear of the main living space is a screen which can function as a display case or can be closed to hide the rear bedroom corridor while entertaining. A sort of full-height baby gate, the screen is made of interchangeable thermoformed pieces, employing the same industrial technology used to make children’s toys.
The idea being, art can be fun and functional, yet robust enough to stand up against everyday use of two small children. The dining area is demarcated from the kitchen but a custom terrazzo floor which connects with the entry. Additional flooring boards are used for the kitchen cabinetry with stainless steel benchtop and hand-made terracotta tiles from Italy forming the kitchen backsplash.
Each bedroom has a different mood and atmosphere using a combination of paint and hidden colour changing LED lighting which allows user to program nearly any colour combination. The boy’s room is darker with lightly-stained plywood and a fibre-optic ceiling that twinkles at night. The master bedroom has an en-suite bath with large rain shower, Carrera marble, and a continuous wardrobe wall with built-in display for a painting. The baby’s bedroom is brighter with unstained wood and warmer colour tones. The two children share a very-large Japanese-style soaking tub in bespoke ceramic tiles. Fun and vibrant it's a mix of influences and different spaces for this growing family.