YANLORD MARINA CENTER，ZHUHAI, CHINA
Yanlord Marina Center is located at the forefront of the Zhuhai coast, facing the Macau and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. The superb seascape makes the ocean the main axis of the case. The Center’s external architectural curve laps like a wave, while the ‘spray‘ indoor draws the ultimate fantasy, consolidating indoor and outdoor as one.
Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ tells how strong our vitality is when life is coming to an end, whilst T.K.Chu’s Design put emphasis upon elements of “children” and “the sea” because it implicates life, warmth, and hope. So we may see the work of artist Hao Lang’s ‘Crying Children’ echoing with the Center’s gateway.
The living room presents a multi-dimensional art perception of essence and strength. The art installations hanging on the wall are like the ocean’s heartbeats in the morning sunlight, gentle yet rapid, along with the curve of the whole space structure. Reflecting the ever-changing sea surface, those artworks seem to come down in one continuous line with the architecture.
The carpet is a concrete performance of how the waves are caressing the beach. As one sits on the ground, look downward, there is a romantic bench, surrounding by the sparkling ceiling right over the top.
In addition, due to the design of a large area of floor-touching windows and a space cut by a large crossbeam in this case, T.K.Chu Design cleverly sketched an arc to reflect the distant islands, framing the scenery in a gentle way, as if the condensed spray art device is also in this frame.
‘I hope there is a strong wind in the sea and air, white clouds like galloping horses, or like dogs soaring, spraying and splashing, rolling in the foam.’
The artist Zhang Guoliang’s ‘soap bubble’, depicting a childishness somehow, dreamily extends to the sculpture downstairs while floating in midair. On the 32F to 33F‘s staircase, the art piece bestow the space a warm and childlike breath, thus every visitor may experience a subtle feeling of pureness and sheer happiness. ‘Those who wish to enter this space can regain the power of hope and courage,’ T.K.Chu explains.
In order to conform to the special inclined wall of the building, and to create artistic space, Chu carved the staircase along a curve, and completely covered his steps with stone. On the 33F, the corridor leads to the floor space, and the viewer is again greeted by the work of artist Zhang Guoliang. According to the varying effects of surface oxidation, copper metal polished materials grant the space different characteristics.
In T.K.Chu’s design, art is not just pretentious posturing, but a delicate perception, a creation. The restaurant’s wall decoration, seems to be condensed indoor water, echoes the sea, and above all, like foam waiting for irradiating light, glows majestically.
The tearoom structure relies on the inspiration of an ancient adage ‘constant dripping wears away a stone’, inserting green plants into the space. T.K.Chu Design hopes to get rid of the existing patterns in the design of the traditional humanistic tea area this time, so in the background wall of the height is also connected in an arc to create a sense of dynamic in the space.
The recreational room is mainly composed of calm and comfortable. The aqua blue carpet with stone pattern coffee table is like a reef island floating on the sea. From then on, the space becomes a receding view of Zhuhai. The study room has the theme of city seascape, bold color blocks jump out of the tonality of the space, setting up a suggestion of an arc, luxurious yet unaffected.
The dressing room is reflected in the full open main bath space; in the mirror it looks like two full moons rising from the sea, their light projected on the sea, and the sea itself forming a glittering silver belt, illusorily blurred. The mosaic of the floor guides ones vision to the bottom wall of the end point; the black marble bathtub made of pure stone locks the whole space into a light white tone, focusing the vision, drawing a perfect conclusion of the ‘sea’. The shadows that shake in the waves of water are like flames in crystal.
Project Name: Model Duplex at Yanlord Marina Center
Project Location: Zhuhai，China
Site area: 700 m²
Project type: Interior design
Design company: T.K.Chu Design
Principle designers：T,K.Chu，Benson Yang，Claire Chen
Design team：Robin Huang，Rose Lin，Wesley Sun, Lynn Wang，Marie Jiang, Peter Yao
Project managment：Xiaodong Zhu, Meng Xia
Constractor：Nanjing Ren Sheng Decoration Corp.
Photographer: Boris Shiu
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