The TC apartment by office ZHU, is a renovation project of an existing double stories residence in Taicang, Jiangsu. Office ZHU’s design intervention provides their clients with ample space to escape the city and reconnect, whether on a weekend retreat or holiday family visits.
For the young Shanghai based clients, the leading design driver for the project was a desire to create a relaxed environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nestled in the wide and heavily landscaped streets of Taicang, the apartment’s surroundings offer a welcome break from the density of Shanghai. Additionally, the existing housing typology in the area offers luxuriously high ceilings. The TC apartment is no exception, boasting a double height, light-filled internal living space – a perfect base for a spacious and fluid atmosphere.
In order to fully express the apartments existing spatial character, Office ZHU took a paired back, minimalist approach. The architects’ began by compressing the existing stair to a single run. The gained space was then utilized for open library shelving on the upper level and a bar counter on the ground floor.
Joinery was correspondingly restricted to the perimeter, while walls and sliding doors were reduced to a bare minimum. Instead, the use of low level furnishings define functional areas, further exaggerating the internal volume. The design also flaunts generous openings, with floor to ceiling doors that celebrate the verticality of the space while also providing effortless cross circulation throughout.
The neutral color pallet of the project features large expanses of white, with accents of grey and black. Office ZHU also introduced large blocks of nature-inspired color to add warmth to the space and reference the clients’ bubbly personality. A carefully considered pallet of browns, pinks and greens in muted tones were placed sparingly across the horizontal plane, continuing the visual unity of the apartment.
Statement pieces in the form of seats and lamps with vibrant silhouettes add visual interest and variation to the clean lines dominating the rest of the design. The client also gave a final personal touch, producing a series of small sculptures and paintings to adorn the space.
With a simple and clear design strategy, being restraint and reduction，against fast fashion, to promote a subtle lifestyle is what Office ZHU try to achieve in this project.
Office ZHU is a Chinese-Dutch collaboration company, our offices located in Rotterdam & Shanghai. We provide high quality, custom made products and services in a variety of different scales, starting from Objects and Interiors, Architecture and Urban Design.
Smart design always looks simple. We believe an intelligent architect will able to solve different issues through minimum gesture. That's why we called ourselves 'Ling Zhu', which in Chinese means zero construct.