Flexible 3D Space
Dwellings in Hong Kong don’t offer a lot of space for residents, especially those with a family. In order to make full use of the limited resources, we looked at using space that most people wouldn’t consider. By evaluating the height of the unit and maintaining reasonable livability for the end-users, a second level was developed which increased the amount of living space by more than half. Latitudinal and longitudinal lines across the walls and furnish were employed as well, in order to enhance the overall presentation.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A majority of furniture in the living space is ‘loose’, meaning they are easy to move around. The aim of using such furnishes is to give the residents the option of opening up the room for more free space. Every inch within the unit is used to its fullest potentials. A sitting area within the walls is located right next to the entrance, which can act as a place for people to rest or for extra storage space. Also within one of the walls is a work table that can be pulled out for use or remain hidden when conserving space. Leading residents up towards the second level is a recessed handrail and floating staircase. Both elements are designed to serve their purpose yet at the same time create a sense of spaciousness.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
From the moment someone steps into the unit, they’ll see and feel the broadness the room provides. The various pieces of furniture around the unit can interact with one another as they can be pushed, pulled or moved aside. The lines seen throughout the space act as a guide that leads to the second level, which provides an open view of the whole room.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project finished in Sep 2015 in Hong Kong
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Main materials used are plastic laminated wooden flooring, artificial stone and stainless steel. White, grey and yellow colors are used to create a warm ambience.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total area: 470 sq ft
Home, interior design, spacious, residence
As the unit provides a lot of vertical space, we looked at how much room a normal person needs and then decided where to cut the room and create the second level. We also discussed with the people who will live in the unit to decide how we would dissect the space and determine where the furniture should be placed.
The owners wanted a space that fulfills the role of being a home and a workplace. In order to create such a space, we placed any furnish that fulfills only one role into a location that is out of sight when the room is performing the other role. The bed is on the second level, unseen by guests from the ground floor. The work table can be tucked away inside a wall, when not in use. The challenge of the design is to determine the location of each piece of furniture and how to avoid conflict with its surroundings.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Regina Kwok, 2015