Larvotto Residential Apartment by Bean Buro Architects

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Larvotto

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residential Apartment

INSPIRATION:
Drawing inspirations from traditional French boathouses in Brittany, the main spatial concept was a continuous ribbon-like blue wall that floats and connects all the different areas of the apartment together. The blue wall starts from the lounge, with subtle computer generated display niches. It then forms the main circulation space with various shelves for displaying art. It creates an intuitive experience by linking up the lounge with the office and ending its blue colour in the bedroom.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The apartment is located inside a high rise residential building in Hong Kong Aberdeen, in close proximity to the Ap Lei Chau shipyard. In response to the growing trend of working from home culture, Bean Buro designed the apartment with large panoramic windows facing the sea boating sceneries in Aberdeen, as a balanced calm and dynamic home office for an expat couple.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The concept demolished two existing partition walls, to transform from a three cellular bedrooms apartment in to an open studio apartment. The opened up spaces increases panoramic window views, thus allowing the external boating environment to be experienced inside.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2013 and finished in July 2013

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The material palette is calm and refreshing, with a tranquil blue colour chosen for the continuous blue wall to reflect the sea, while the timber finish for the floor and joinery brings warmth to the live and work space. The timber surface was conceptualized as a landscape that would rise and fall to provide different functions. Wrapping the entry space with full height hidden storage doors, it then falls to seat height along the panoramic windows to create a an infinity pool effect, and provides informal seating along the bay.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The main table, Bean Table, has two large pendant lights that form the centrepiece in the lounge. The bespoke CNC cut table shape is wiggly and playful, acting as a meeting table by day and dinning table by night.

TAGS:
Larvotto, Bean Buro Architects, Bean Buro, residential, apartment, interior design, architecture, Hong Kong, contemporary, aberdeen

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The project responds to the growing culture of working from home in the contemporary city. The design questions the way a living space is balanced between live, work and play.

CHALLENGE:
The existing space had many partition walls which greatly reduced visibility out towards the sea. The design considered the demolition of non-structural walls to open up views and functionality for a more flexible arrangement.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-24 10:26:42

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Architect: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui and Architect: Lorene Faure

IMAGE CREDITS:
Bean Buro Architects, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Bean Buro Architects

PROFILE:
The studio is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui. The studio has a network of British and international collaborators to providing architecture, interior, installation, furniture and product design services in Hong Kong and China. The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural narratives, incorporating overlapping design disciplines specializing in the social, economical and political production of urban spaces. Bean Buro believes architecture is an emotional, spatial experience constructed by both the user and the author. The design methodologies stem from the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of historical, environmental, cultural and social factors, resulting in highly inventive interventions while preserving plenty of intellectual wit.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Larvotto Residential Apartment by Bean Buro Architects is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Larvotto Residential Apartment by Bean Buro Architects is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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