It’s difficult enough to fit a family into modern-day Hong Kong apartments, never mind a whole village. However, this is exactly what was asked of Sim-Plex Design Studio’s Patrick Lam, when he was tasked with renovating the Lam Tin home of a self-employed IT developer.
Given the dark and cramped layout of the original floor plan, Patrick suggested a creative brief to the client that was centred around the principles of fluidity, openness, brightness, and tidiness. The client also requested that the new design facilitate communication with his family while he worked, doing away with the isolation of his previous home office; storage would also be prioritised to allow the homeowner to organise his substantial amount of paperwork while maintaining a clean home environment.
Thus, the concept of the “arc village” was born. Central to this concept is the demolition of the original brick walls to achieve an open plan space, in which sweeping, rounded cabinetry in pale woods was installed throughout to create a sense of connectedness and fluidity, facilitating the flow of natural light while substantially increasing the available storage space.
Another main feature of the design is the house-like frame that carves out a new home office within the living room, creating a sense of privacy while never fully enclosing it from the rest of the abode. Marble accents in the dining table and sliding doors are paired with copper fixtures to inject a dose of elegance into the streamlined space.
“Through the concept of arc village, a bright, fluent and poetic space is created to enhance communication between family members and allow the co-existence of work and family life harmoniously,” says Patrick. Check out the slideshow below for more aspects of the concise design, as explained in Patrick’s own words.
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All photos courtesy of Patrick Lam