Apartment of Perfect Brightness

Beijing, Beijing, China

Beginning with the owner’s stated preference for a home with abundant natural light, the name of this project was adapted from that of a famous Beijing garden. The idea of “perfect brightness” was explored architecturally: beginning with research into the psychological effects of different qualities and colors of daylight, a system was developed whereby ambient lighting could change from warm to cool white, depending on the season, time of day, and outdoor lighting conditions. The light is “concentrated” at the center of two twisting, shell-shaped feature walls, drawing visitors in from the entry.

Further, working from the owner’s second preference — to eliminate clutter and create a suitable environment to display an art collection — it was decided that all interior walls would be clad in folding wood doors, 132 in total, that would essentially make them all transformable: when open, bookshelves, storage areas, televisions and headboards would be revealed; when closed, all would be concealed, leaving only a simple space forming a serene, museum-like backdrop for the artworks.

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Main Bathroom

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Main Bathroom

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Hallway

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Living Room

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Daughter's Bedroom

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Daughter's Bedroom

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Daughter's Bathroom

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Daughter's Bathroom

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Master Bathroom - Tub

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Master Bedroom - Shutters Open

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Master Bedroom - Shutters Closed

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Master Bedroom - Home Office - Shutters Open

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Master Bedroom - Home Office - Shutters Closed

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Master Bathroom - Overview