Residential showrooms can be impersonal and uninspiring. Not this one

Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong – Embrace, connect, purify: architecture and interiors studio Bean Buro had these words in mind when designing Mount Pavilia, a residential showroom for firm New World Development on the eastern shore of Hong Kong’s Clear Water Bay. The 232-sq-m model duplex apartment was developed with an empathetic and wellbeing-focused design vision, something commercial showroom projects often lack.

‘Inspired by the idea of “mental cleansing”, we created a ritualistic experience throughout the apartment,’ explains Lorène Faure. ‘[There are] playful areas to stimulate social interactions, while other areas to promote relaxation and appreciation of the natural surroundings.’

Bean Buro used colour psychology principles, natural materials and circadian lighting systems that adjust to a user’s body clock to create the tranquil showroom space. The studio additionally integrated smart home automation technologies – powered by Alexa voice control, the utilities improve accessibility and ease of use throughout the apartment.

On the upper floor, four bedrooms are wrapped within an outer skin of full-height timber slats. The downstairs area boasts a large dining and living room, kitchen, outdoor terrace and open pantry bar; a lower-floor social space defined by a long wall with a unique green marble finish completes the spatial arrangement. Circular openings in the walls situate thresholds between rooms and offer glimpses through the interior while also creating in-wall seating. Bespoke joinery on everything from built-in furniture to door handles and shelving is a prime example of Bean Buro's attention to the small details.

Differentiations in material finishes were used sparingly, complemented with occasional textured fabrics or metal details for accentuation in a scheme otherwise defined by natural colours.

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