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A private home in British Columbia with minimalist style and fluid spaces

The purity and flexibility of the Japanese tradition are recreated in this apartment-retreat in Richmond, on Canada’s west coast

Space9 Interior Design

A private home in British Columbia with minimalist style and fluid spaces
By Editorial Staff -

The work of Space9 Design Studio, the interior design of this private residence about twenty minutes from Vancouver is pure, simple, minimalist, and devoid of overstatement, excessive decoration, and other distractions. The home in question has been created as a refuge for a family with Asian origins who are in love with Japan and its traditions. The studio therefore translated the origins and passions of the clients into the key features of their home in Richmond, a town in one of Canada’s most multicultural areas.

The clients and designers worked together to create a flexible home that’s ideal for entertaining, leisure, and work. The project blurs the boundaries between the functions of a home, resulting in a multifunctional apartment in which the rooms change intuitively and naturally as needed, and, like a Japanese home, without anything superfluous.

“The homeowners’ lifestyle, favorite travel destinations, and even their favorite hotels perfectly align with my own tastes,” said Sha Wang, founder of Space9 Design Studio. “Working with this family was like looking into a mirror that reflected the extraordinary harmony between us.”

 

A retreat inspired by the Aman Hotel in Tokyo

Space9 Interior Design ©Tina Kulic, courtesy of Space9 Interior Designe

The peaceful mood of the rooms is enhanced by the natural, delicate tones of the finishes and furnishings, with the essential palette dominated by the white of oak and the black of slate. All this contributes to giving the house a minimalist, serene identity that encourages the wellbeing of the spirit and body. “The light palette creates a sense of warmth, underscored by the combination of white oak and black slate, generating a very interesting visual geometry,” added Sha Wang.

Every step of the project was taken through close collaboration between the clients and the studio, so as to capture their tastes and ties with their homeland. One of the most important sources of inspiration was the Aman Hotel, a Tokyo hotel famous for its minimalist design and atmosphere.

“The Aman Hotel in Tokyo – my favorite hotel, by the way – was a great inspiration for this project,” continued Wang. “It was a unique experience and a challenge to design a hotel in a private residence. As I went deeper into the project, I felt genuine excitement knowing that the interior space we were creating would embody my tastes and signature style.”

 

Open plan and fluid spaces

Space9 Interior Design ©Tina Kulic, courtesy of Space9 Interior Designe

The apartment in question is on two levels with an open plan design. The organization of its spaces centers on dynamism and a highly flexible use of its rooms. Centering on aesthetic and functional needs, the design of the three bedrooms required great care, especially as regards the furnishings and decor, which was handcrafted for the project.

The duration of the project was two-and-a-half years, reflecting the spirit of collaboration between the designers and clients, who were brought together by a desire to create a small corner of the East in Canada.

>>> Read the editorial published in THE PLAN 141 by Huang Wenjing, “Sensory Details: Our Ongoing Methodical Research.”

 

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Credits

Location: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Interior Design: Space9 Interior Design
Client: Private

Photography by Tina Kulic, courtesy of Space9 Interior Design

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