This is a well-educated young couple, who share the characters and lifestyle as their peers in mode cities. They are rational, well organized, and similar to the young people we met during our work in Europe, which is a portrayal of the new generation of young people after industrialization.
How to present this feature in the program, and to create a quiet and restrained dwelling without over-design to allow maximum flexibility?
We start the design from functionality and circulation. Such decision is madeas a response to the irregular plan in domestic housings. The apartment enjoys very good natural light and the function areas are quite straight, yet the space itself is not charming. The design team once proposed to remove the kitchen wall to enlarge the living room area, or to enlarge the main bedroom area.But after consulting with the owners, we chose to respect their expectations, retained all existing walls, and simply replaced the functions of a few rooms.
After the basic plan was fixed, we further researched the interior atmosphere and the palette. Considering the dusty environment in Shanghai, we decided to choose simple blocks with straight lines to make it easier to clean and maintain.
At the same time, in order to make the design more durable and to avoid it from becoming “popular” under the trap of consumerism, the architects recommended to use white, grey and wood color and keep the existing floor by simple restoration. The refreshing floor color not only distanced the space far from the outside world that is constantly changing, but also gives the entire apartment a quiet atmosphere like an art gallery. It is also in line with the characteristics of the owners themselves. The background is as clean as an exhibition hall, furniture thus become visually prominent, then the architects chose simple lights, sofa, and tables with similar outlines. Air-conditioners were hidden in the cabinets or installed on secondary walls to maintain the flat and uniformed environment of the space all tubes were installed in the exterior.
而为了让整个室内具有连贯性并在多年后看上去依然简练耐久，在装饰品的选择上团队不建议业主购买时下热门的装饰，而选择Ellsworth Kelly，Josef Albers的画作。尽管创作于七十年代，然而今来看依然克制美观。而客厅中则选用Assaf Hinden的摄影，他擅长将荒废的器物重组并赋予新的含义，也与设计概念接近。而在更细小的一些日用品上我们则建议那些视觉上具有逻辑性且与整体统一的装饰品，并将更多的室内空间留给业主自行打理。
To create a coherent and durable space, the architects convince the owners to give up popular decorations but to select paintings by Ellsworth Kelly and Josef Albers. Their works, although created in the 1970s, still look beautifully restrained. Assaf Hinden’s photography was set in the livingroom, for his reinterpretation of abandoned objects is quite relevant to the concept of the space. For daily necessities, we suggested tointroduce objects that are visually logic and go well with the space, and we also tried to leave more space to the owners to decide by themselves.
The project gradually developed as we expected, yet the owners’ baby was bo unexpectedly three month before the construction was completed. How would the baby feel about the space? And what kind of impact would it have on this baby? It will be another generation who will grow up in a completely different time. We hold both expectations and uncertainty, and time will explain everything after. Finger crossed.
DesignTeam: Wang Zhuoer, Sun Qian, Begonea Maisa
Model:Zhang Yuyuan, Zhou Mingdi, Wang Jichen，Dai Linglan
Photography:Zhu Siyu, Che Peiping
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