PROJECT #11 is an interior renovation to a 4-bedroom apartment for its new home owners: a couple whom entertains frequently.
To make way for a larger space to entertain and lounge around, 4 former bedrooms were reduced to 2 through the demolition of internal walls. This demolition led to the discovery of the inherent structure of the apartment. It is supported by structural shear walls.
The concept of using Walls as Spatial Organizers and Dividers in this open-plan apartment was then conceived.
A structural shear wall, that was left to stand in the center of the apartment after the demolition, was rendered black for visual focus and serves as a point of orientation in the apartment. It is a backdrop for a primarily black-colour home entertainment system in the lounge, minimizing its physical presence. In the Dining, it serves as a backdrop for an antique piano and Chinese Calligraphy inherited from the owner’s families.
A series of grey plaster and white painted walls radiate from this Black Wall to define the Foyer, Living, Lounge and Dining. These walls reveal and conceal the spaces it defines and changes one’s perception of them as one moves around the apartment. 2 horizontal ‘planes’, a white oak timber floor and a white-painted ceiling, connect all the spaces in this apartment in a singular gesture.
The result is a continuum of free-flowing spaces in a muted palette, accented in places by walls in a variety of colours and textures. These walls characterize the space it shapes and defines; a suitably blank canvas for the owner’s collection of furniture and home furnishing of different era and genre of styles; antique and modern, mid-century and contemporary.
These walls reveal and conceal the spaces it defines and changes one’s perception of them as one moves around the apartment.
Arriving at the Foyer lined with timber-paneled walls, a glimpse of the Living bathed in abundant daylight is revealed. Beyond a grey fin wall is the Lounge.
Pass the Foyer, one steps into the Living. The Lounge, lined by the Black Wall and anchored by a grey fin wall, opens up.
Leaving behind the Lounge, one re-enters the Living lined with white walls. Beyond the Black Wall is the Dining.
Stepping into the Dining, a white wall connects the Dining and Master bedroom visually. An adjacent grey wall, is a backdrop for a painting of complementing texture.
In the Dining, a display case built into an existing bay-window houses an extensive collection of wine glasses.
Advancing further into the Dining, one catches a glimpse of the kitchen behind a grey wall.
A white wall runs from the Dining and culminates at the Master Bedroom: an all-white space with filtered daylight.
The Bath, finished in a muted palette of materials, continues the understated and pared down interior quality of the apartment.
Leaving behind the Master Bedroom, one re-enters the Dining . The Black Wall, a backdrop for an antique upright piano and Chinese Calligraphy, conceals while revealing the Lounge beyond.
The journey through the apartment folds back unto the Foyer. The spatial composition of the apartment, defined by a continuous plane of white oak timber floor and white-painted ceiling anchored in places by walls of various colour and textures, reveals in its entirety.
Layout of apartment before renovation.
Layout of apartment after renovation.
A ‘Matrix of Walls’ as Spatial Organizers and Dividers in this open-plan apartment.