Although the high-energy city of Hong Kong doesn’t usually conjure up images of quiet relaxation, the home that design firm Bean Buro envisioned for one young family is certainly full of calming vibes. The firm calls the project Urban Cocoon because, as co-founder Lorène Faure explains, "We have managed to create an extremely calming and cozy family apartment right in the middle of the city."
Bean Buro thoughtfully organized the interior of the 1,200-square-foot flat with distinct zone and light wood interiors reminiscent of Japanese teahouses. The firm took every opportunity to insert additional storage into the compact home, and there are nooks for napping and reading books.
The bedroom, study, and living room, which the firm refers to as cocoons, are carefully appointed to take advantage of the apartment’s best views. There are also two work from home setups—for both the husband and the wife—that can be discreetly tucked away.
The open-plan living area is divided into separate zones by slatted walls that support bookshelves in the living room and coat hooks at the entryway. Two large, circular mirrors—one at the entrance of the home and one at the end of a long corridor—face each other to "create a conversation" as the interiors transition from public to private.
The two home office setups are tailored to suit the needs of each spouse. The husband requested a private workspace, which is concealed inside the master bedroom. The wife opted for a hidden nook in the dining room—a custom-made desk is installed in a closet so that it can be tucked away as needed. There are cabinets to conceal books, and the desk is near the family’s piano, where she enjoys taking quick music breaks.
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Bean Buro designed the child’s room with Montessori concepts in mind. Parts of the wall are painted with an abstract green mountain graphic, and there is a mirror with grab bar designed to help an infant stand up and play. Child-sized ledges display favorite books, and there’s even a play area underneath the loft bed with a squishy fabric lining.
Architect of Record: Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Bean Buro Limited
Interior Design: Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Bean Buro Limited
Builder/General Contractor: R&C Engineering (H.K.) Co. Ltd.
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