Cohesive Bright Villa
In Hong Kong, most living spaces have not much or even enough natural sun light coming in. This project is a three-storey villa, sun light is abundant which brings a good living environment for kids, the designer made good use of this to create a spacious and bright living space for the family.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
By making use of architectural elements and sophisticated lighting design, the designer has curated an interactive and cohesive space for a family of four in this three-storey house with a connecting garden.
Natural lighting is introduced to every corner of the house, coming from the roof window through the glass stair railing to the living room; and from the glass panel wall at the porte cochere to the dining room. The natural lighting is then intertwined with the various carefully-designed artificial light sources positioned on the ceiling, below the cabinets, and on the floor level to bring about a multi-layered, highly coordinated and harmonized lighting effect.
A significant architectural concept used in the interior design of this house is the feature wall and the flooring that extend from the open kitchen into the garden. Through using the same materials and design, the indoor and outdoor spaces are integrated as a whole. Another visually appealing spatial trick is the floor-to-ceiling display cabinet. This centerpiece is practical and can effectively heighten the vertical perspective of the overall living space.
Being a father himself, the designer understands the needs of the new parents. He designed a see-through glass stair railing and placed sleek working desks in the living room and in the bedroom, such that the parents can look after and interact with their children even when they are working at home. A fence panel made of walnut wood is placed next to the window in the bathroom to bring in the natural light and to create a relaxing spa ambiance for the parents to unwind after a long day.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Through the see-through glass stair railing, the parents are able to look after their toddlers more easily, and working desks are placed in master bedroom and living room, so that parents can take care of the kids even when they are working at home. As well as the open kitchen besides dining room and terrace, the chef is not alone during the party at terrace. All these settings allow interaction between the family and between different areas.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2015 in Hong Kong and finished in June 2016.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Bringing natural light in is one of the major issues of this project. Architectural structure is the important issue of introducing natural light to every corner of the house, and glass is the main material for this. The ceiling window on the roof which is right at top of the staircase, the glass stair railing, the restructured large glass windows, all of these allow sunlight to penetrate into the house
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
3000 square feet
Villa, Contemporary, Modern, interior design, interactive, cohesive
Communication with the client is very important in designing a home, the user experiment is more than everything. First of all, we get the basic requirement from the client about their habits, idea of space planning, their favourable style, etc. The client in this project is a workaholic couple with two kids, they need home office and they do not want to sacrify too much of the valuable time with kids, they are party animals and like cooking. Besides the clients, we carried out research by interviewing with other parents who have home office, who like gathering with friends and share good food. After all, we decided to build the open kitchen which is kind of merging with the terrace, so that the chef can participate always at parties. We arranged two work desks, so parents can take care of kids while working. And we built glass stair railing, so enhance a lot of communication and interaction in the family, no matter which area they are at.
The most challenging part in this project is how to make use of natural light in this three storey villa where abundant sun light is available. We finally make a ceiling window, right at the top of the staircase, which allows sun light going through. With the see through glass stair railing, sun light penetrates to every corner of the house.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Chief Designer: Max Lam, Designer: Andy Wong, Draftsman: Oscar Lau and