Calming materials and cozy feels make this Hong Kong apartment extra enchanting.

The slatted dividing wall creates a distinction between the living room and the entryway, which is essentially part of a larger open space that includes the dining area.

Although the high-energy city of Hong Kong doesn’t usually conjure up images of quiet relaxation, the home that design firm Bean Buro envisioned for one young family is certainly full of calming vibes. The firm calls the project Urban Cocoon because, as co-founder Lorène Faure explains, “We have managed to create an extremely calming and cozy family apartment right in the middle of the city.”

Bean Buro’s Urban Cocoon draws inspiration from Japanese teahouses. This reference point can be felt at the entryway, which features light timber and slatted screens.

Bean Buro’s Urban Cocoon draws inspiration from Japanese teahouses. This reference point can be felt at the entryway, which features light timber and slatted screens.

Photo courtesy of Bean Buro

The slatted dividing wall creates a distinction between the living room and the entryway, which is essentially part of a larger open space that includes the dining area.

The slatted dividing wall creates a distinction between the living room and the entryway, which is essentially part of a larger open space that includes the dining area.

Photo courtesy of Bean Buro

Bean Buro thoughtfully organized the interior of the 1,200-square-foot flat with distinct zone and light wood interiors reminiscent of Japanese teahouses. The firm took every opportunity to insert additional storage into the compact home, and there are nooks for napping and reading books.

The bedroom, study, and living room, which the firm refers to as cocoons, are carefully appointed to take advantage of the apartment’s best views. There are also two work from home setups—for both the husband and the wife—that can be discreetly tucked away.  

The timber slatted dividers serve double duty by supporting bookshelves in the living room and coat hooks at the entry.

The timber slatted dividers serve double duty by supporting bookshelves in the living room and coat hooks at the entry. 

Photo courtesy of Bean Buro

See the full story on Dwell.com: This “Urban Cocoon” Is a Soothing Apartment in the Middle of Hong Kong
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