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.
This 260 square meter unit was originally a 4-bedroom apartment, set within a 12-storey residential tower built in the 1960s flanked on one end by the waters of Deep Water Bay, and on the other by lush verdant mountainous beauty.
The original apartment had compromised spaces that limited the apartment’s beautiful views to bedrooms only, and Brewin Design Office reconfigured the layout to leverage the panorama for the enjoyment of all guests who enter. To further foster inclusiveness and family bonding, the notion of “shared spaces” is celebrated in the interior by creating a sense of fluidity and openness between rooms.
This apartment has been fully customised and designed. Every single piece of joinery work was pre-fabricated in a foreign master joiner’s factory, accounting for every millimeter and slate of veneer sample or end grain of timber. A reduced palette of material focuses on American White-Oak and Figured Sycamore timber – A light colored palette accentuated by a subtle and fine ivory wall stucco, all of which is contrasted by a deep maroon African Ebony timber floor. Every piece of timber furniture is unique and designed only for this residence.