Apartment – Nifty Art in Shantou, China by AD ARCHITECTURE

The weaving of the arc lines and the straight lines

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We define the apartment as a playful and nifty artist. We attempted to construct a diverse and composite experiential living space and give it a flamboyant character. Through utilizing and integrating structural shapes, colors, textures and decorations, a characteristic and artistic residence was created.

▼室内公共空间概览,overview of the interior space


▼公寓室内改造过程,the renovation process of the apartment

Occupying an area of 160 m2, the apartment has a big drawback: small kitchen and dining room. However, it has two large semi-outdoor balconies. We made a bold assumption, and imagined that it would serve for a three-generation family which always hold family gatherings. The core concept of the design is to inherit the Chinese tradition and spirit of family togetherness. At the same time, we also intended to explore potential ways to improve the apartment’s commercial value.

▼改造后的室内空间布局,the interior layout of the apartment after renovation


▼几何概念分析图,在常规的方形的空间中嵌进一个圆,the geometrical concept diagram, embedding a circle in the regular square space

▼圆形空间界定空间的边界,the circular space defines spatial boundaries

The space is dotted with striking golden color, which well matches and contrasts with the white latex paint on the wall and the gray terrazzo floor, thereby emphasizing the flamboyant tonality. For the layout, a circle was embedded in the regular square space to define spatial boundaries. This circle also naturally solved the shortcoming of the dining room being too narrow. The balcony garden at the entrance area was used as a kitchen, hence transforming the originally least used space into the most frequently used, and obtaining a comfortable cooking space at the same time.

▼从公寓入口看餐厅和起居室,viewing the dining room and the living room from the entrance of the apartment

▼餐厅,使用金色的圆形天花板吊顶,the dining room with a circular golden ceiling

▼餐厅,嵌入的圆形空间解决了餐厅面积过小的缺点,the dining room, the embedded circular space solves the shortcoming of the dining room being too narrow


▼“家庭/日常”生活模式下的公共空间,the axon of the public space under the living mode of “family & daily”

Finished with white paint, the walls and ceiling of the living room feature curves, which echo the circle in the dining room, highlight the relationship between lines and surfaces, and reshape the composition aesthetics of space. Besides, dark grey terrazzo was used as floorings, making the home more unique. In the dining room, the flat ceiling complements the circular lines on it, which injects a sense of loftiness to the space.

▼客厅局部,立面以白色的艺术漆为底,立面的弧线线条来呼应餐厅的圆形,partial interior view of the living room with white walls, the curve elements of the wall echo the circle in the dining room

▼客厅局部,采用深灰色水磨,平天花突显餐厅圆形的天花线条,partial interior view of the living room with the dark grey terrazzo, the flat ceiling complements the circular lines on it


▼餐厅与客厅和休闲区构成聚会活动区,the dining room and living room integrate into a whole gathering space

▼“聚餐/会客”生活模式下的公共空间,the axon of the public space under the living mode of “dinner & reception”

The dining room and living room integrate into a whole, forming an area for the family to gather and spend a happy time together. Furnishings such as QEEBOO’s black skull side table and the colorful Turkish carpet all add playfulness and spirituality to the space.

▼客厅局部,使用色彩斑斓的土耳其进口地毯等配饰,partial interior view of the living room with the colorful Turkish carpet


For the design of the bedrooms, we focused on creating a comfortable environment for sleeping. The circular table lamps and curved glass echo the arcs in the living room. Besides, the golden backdrop is matched with the overall concept of space to underline the integrity of the design.

▼卧室,背景的金色与空间整体搭配,强调了设计的整体性,the bedroom, the golden backdrop is matched with the overall concept of space to underline the integrity of the design

▼卧室细节,圆形台灯呼应客厅弧形的线条,bedroom details, using the circular table lamps to echo the arcs in the living room


The bathroom is mainly covered with grey terrazzo, embellished by golden stainless steel and equipped with bespoke handmade stainless-steel basin, all of which demonstrate the meticulous pursuit of tiny details.

▼浴室,以灰色水磨为底,金色不锈钢为构成要素,the bathroom that is mainly covered with grey terrazzo, embellished by golden stainless steel

▼公寓内的收纳空间,the storage space inside the apartment

▼空间构成原型,the prototype of the space composition


Project name: Apartment — Nifty Art
Chief designer: Xie Peihe
Construction team: AD CONSTRUCTION
Location: Shantou, Guangdong, China
Construction area: 160 m2
Main materials: marble, matte brick, special effects paint, white matte paint, wood veneer, wooden flooring
Start time: October 2018
Completion time: May 2019
Photography: Ouyang Yun
Special thanks to: German Moorgen Smart Home, Amina (invisible speaker), Beamy (wooden flooring), Kohler, Hansgorhe, Rolansini (doors and windows), Oikos, Heal-Power, Fanpin (wood veneers), Daxing (stone materials)

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