Happy Vally Residence
The aesthetic is clean, fresh, and sophisticated. Though evocative of a loft’s spatial continuity, Lim + Lu aimed to avoid any association with the now ubiquitous New York industrial style. Moving away from the ubiquity of industrial-"chic", the pair deliberately chose hues that would inject fresh life into the space. The walls of the living room and bedroom are painted white with black accents, signaling spaces of rest and relaxation.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Lim + Lu’s apartment transformation alludes to a flexible living environment that reflects the versatility of modern day living. Simply by way of removing and restructuring the walls within the space, the resulting interior is strategically designed to appear more expansive. By replacing the walls that compartmentalized the apartment with glass and steel sliding doors, natural light is able to pass through from room to room, flooding the newly reconfigured dwelling.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Happy Valley residence is an apartment seeking to maximise the usable space by examining how certain activities in a home can overlap to create rooms that are adaptable to the user’s needs. This is achieved by removing existing walls and replacing them with sliding panels which are manually operated to either divide or merge spaces based on the configuration. The study can become an extension of the living room or can be closed off to become a bedroom. As a result, the apartment becomes a living organism that can adapt to the user, making it more flexible for today’s transient lifestyle.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project is completed in November, 2016, in Hong Kong.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Moving away from the ubiquity of industrial-"chic", the pair deliberately chose hues that would inject fresh life into the space. The walls of the living room and bedroom are painted white with black accents, signaling spaces of rest and relaxation. Meanwhile, the kitchen, study, walk-in closet and master bathroom are host to rich pastels and dark jeweled tones, tastefully combined with patterned ceramic tiles to juxtapose the core living space with the extensions. The thresholds created by the subtle distinctions of color, texture and material maintain a fluidity to allow the space to blend effortlessly together as one.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The use of suspended metal sliding doors were utilised throughout Happy Valley Residence. This was a crucial design element as the main concept of the home is to create one continuous space which gave the impression of a loft space situated inside a traditional Hong Kong apartment. The usage of the suspended sliding panels meant not having tracks or guides on the floor. As a result, inhabitants of the space would not feel as if they are stepping over a physical threshold.
Residence, interior design, modern
Lim+Lu’s premise for the project was to maximise the usable space. In order to arrive at a result that would meet the premise, Lim+Lu thoroughly analysed apartment layouts to find ways of limiting wasted space as well as most efficient ways of laying out rooms to take advantage of every inch of the home. An example of a method utilised to maximising the usable space was the demolishing of existing walls that formed pure circulation spaces.
As Lim+Lu is a newly found studio and Happy Valley residence being it’s first project. The design duo, having never worked together before was confronted by the challenge of working as one. The duo were challenged to compromise and convince the other of their own ideas and finding the balance between ideas such mass and void, masculine and feminine, and East and West. The profession demands them to be rigorous and relentless to arrive at solutions even at the expense of other good ideas. Nevertheless, through the brainstorming process, they were able to find the right balance for the project.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Elaine Lu and Vincent Lim
Image #1: Photographer Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong, 2016.
Image #3: Photographer Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong, 2016.
Image #5: Photographer Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong, 2016.