This project is a retirement living residence owned by a retiree who has been retired from a complex business environment but still remains with a pure living mindset; in the Chinese-speaking literary world, a metaphor of a pristine lotus emerging out of the earth is a subtle reflection of the life outlook of the residence owner. The designer chooses the lotus to articulate the life value of simplicity while deploying architectural elements to portray the overlapping petals of lotus and the parallel pattern on the petals. On top of that, the matt-finished concrete grey symbolizing a sense of serenity creates a living environment best for the residence owner to practice a humble life. With all considered, the precious family time, friendly companionship, and wellness preservation are embodied in the ambience while negotiating or even embracing the inevitable yet realistic process of aging at the later stage in life.
The circular path planned for the first floor of the interior amalgamates the fluidity and connectivity amongst different function spaces. Apart from the convenience-driven functionality, it gives a rise to an environment conducive for family and friendly interactions. The interior of the second floor radiates outwards from the family room as it is the interlocking part across every room on this floor to ensure optimal family interactions. The linear circulation planned for the third floor, complemented by the outdoor space for machinery, indoor storage and workout space. The designer seeks to afford the owner family optimal interactive footprints across every spaces of the entire interior.
Apart from water channeling purposes of the external tile cladding, no surface treatment is applied to the rest of the building surfaces inside and out. It is an epitome of the designer’s realization of minimal material consumption in design, after all, material minimalization should takes precedence over the concept of utilizing green material. As this approach seeks to impart a greater significance in resource, pollution, manufacturing, transportation, and recycling. While doing our part for the earth environment, the designer intends to fulfill the objective of presenting a tranquil ambience and lively living style for this retirement residence.