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May 10, 2020
Text: Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Bean Buro’s Duplex Is Designed for Serenity
Embrace Connect Purify is a spacious duplex in Mount Pavilia, Clear Water Bay, on the outskirts of Hong Kong, that was recently completed by Bean Buro for New World Development. The three words that make up the title of the project abstractly reference the firm’s overall intent: “Our concept was an architectural approach that created cozy volumes on the upper floor that would embrace one another, and that are connected by a dramatic staircase to the lower floor social space and external terrace. The resulting composition is a ritualistic sequence that would ‘purify’ the minds of the users, to create a calm and tranquil experience at home,” explains Lorène Faure, who co-founded the Hong Kong Studio with Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui in 2013.
The 2,500-square-foot home intends to push the boundaries of residential designs with the use of spatial composition and the insertion of well-being concepts. Environmentally-friendly products were a top priority and smart home technology was incorporated throughout, including circadian lighting systems that change according to the time of day. There are built-in bookshelves and cozy banquettes, as well as playful circular cut-out windows and rounded elements on repeat. Timber slats line the walls to create a sense of rhythm—and bespoke elements in soothing color and materials riff on the surrounding natural environment.