An eclectic fusion of styles, cuisines, cultural influences, traditions and urban settings was the inspiration and starting point for the dark and masculine design for Ando restaurant in Hong Kong.
The concept referenced the area in which the 30-seat Ando is located – the famous, often crowded restaurant and bar district Lan Kwai Fong in Central, Hong Kong. Much construction and development has taken place in this dense urban environment in the past decade, and the scheme cuts an imaginary slice of this area’s character by using raw concrete, hammered stone and patina-finished metal as the core materials for the 140 Sqm space. Thick-walled arches and a bulky “chimney” feature that descends from the ceiling to spotlight a sculpture add to the feeling of weight and structural solidity. Subtle surface textures further enhance the dark-hued, industrial feel.
Starting with his Italian and Spanish family background, Ando’s Argentinian chef Agustin Ferrando Balbi furthered his international experience by working in famous restaurants in New Orleans and Buenos Aires. He then honed his craft in several of Tokyo’s Michelin starred restaurants, including Nihonryori Ryugin and Zurriola. Moving to Hong Kong in 2016, he became the head chef at the Japanese restaurant Haku. Balbi brings all of these influences into his variety of fusion cuisine for Ando, his first solo restaurant in which he is also co-owner with the Hong Kong-based global hospitality group JIA Group.
Using the concept of a “home in a garden”, Thomas Heatherwick wanted to bring the benefits of landed home living to the residential high-rise, connecting city-dwellers back to nature whilst being up in the sky. Rather than centering the functions of each apartment around a core, the single tower is ostensibly forced apart, breaking the floor plan into 3 separate areas, creating an interstitial space to allow nature to flow through. Every one of the 20 apartments, each occupying a single floor, comprises four ensuite bedrooms and five lush, leafy balconies within 3,035 sqft of livable space.
The design brief from the developer-client was to design a one-of-a-kind apartment suited to the unique, but challenging, interior architecture. It was imperative for Brewin Design Office to design an interior that complemented the building’s concept and Heatherwick Studio’s vision.
With an unconstrained living area that blurs the threshold between the interior and the exterior, as well as multiple balconies that introduce into the apartment ample sunlight and myriad views of lush foliage in the midst of prestigious Ardmore neighborhood, EDEN20 is a derivation of the building’s architectural concept of living in a garden.
The Keraton Residence is an apartment designed for a young family of three with an avid passion for collecting art: essential in the designed outcome was a space in which they could display their growing art collection, as well as ample room to expand their future generations into.
The entry corridor was designed to be a space that houses the owner’s artwork – the corridor transforms from a mere connector between rooms into a dynamic and evolving space in the home, eliminating the inefficiency and banality of the typical corridor. This became the main spine of the apartment that bridges common and private spaces, imbuing the living environment with an artistic flavor that is characteristic of the homeowners. A series of door portals and wall niches that connect rooms to the artwork corridor become the main language of the design: the contents of each room are framed by these portals, almost rendering them part of the artwork gallery.