The MB Residence design took shape much like thoughts and images fill the mind when traveling someplace new - things accumulated in juxtaposition, creating new perspectives. The clients’ love of travel, owning a luxury travel agency and having lived abroad for extended periods of time, plus having eclectic taste in home décor and all things extraordinary, became touchstones for the project. The design began with a meditation on the attributes of travel and eclecticism and how those attributes might inform the design process. The idea of rooms as destinations, each defined using different materials and form-work, was a way to infuse each space with a unique sense of place while creating surprises and refreshing the senses along the way.
The design also mixes the ideas of contemporary open plan layouts with traditional room-by-room divisions of space, manipulating boundaries with sliding divider panels, LCD glass, changes in finishes and other devices to create complex spatial interplays. The resulting multi-mode rooms, home office/dining area, living room/guest bedroom, and open master suite/privitized master suite, not only can be quickly and easily converted from one use/mode to the next, but defy and pshchologically expand the physical limitations of the space itself. The client’s challenge from the start was, “to help them think about things differently” – a catch phrase now used by ABA to sum up a client-centric, innovative approach to design.
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Living room looking North with room divider panels and stone entry beyond
Stone entry ceiling with coffer and Gabriel Scott pendant light
Stone entry niche with display and custom sculpted drawer face
Elongated living room looking East with room divider panels and terrace door beyond
Ceiling over East end of elongated living room
Guest bathroom with marble walls, mirrored tub face, and natural stone lavatory
Close-up of Shou Sugi Ban charred wood cladding on walk-in closet in master bedroom
Master bathroom with Shou Sugi Ban charred wood cladding wrapping walk-in closet into lavatory area with LCD glass wall separating bathroom and bedroom
Kitchen looking toward multi-mode home office/dining area with built-in walnut cabinets and custom desk/table