Black Forest Residence

Putuo District, Shanghai, China
MANN Architects + Kanstantsin Remez
Yanjie Wang, Kanstantsin Remez, Sijia Li

Flowing space is a theory posed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which emphasises classical balance, extremely concise and sophisticated details, and makes space a lively force instead of negative and static. Flowing space pursues a continuously mobile space, creates a fluent, coherent, separated but consistent space. This theory was applied to Black Forest Residence—a high-rise apartment in Shanghai—collaboratively designed by MANN Architects and Kanstantsin Remez.

We tried to restrain the design method, use a minimal design language, and proper material expression to build a modern and minimalist space with the poetic effect that we are always aiming for.

Entering the foyer, the first thing we see is the open basin which is custom and made of oak and slate, becoming one of the most important visual focal points in the house. On the north of the house is open kitchen and dining area that combines oak and micro cement materials beautifully.

The multi-function room is separated from the kitchen and dining area by two sliding doors that are usually open, which is the working and exercising area for the client. There is a bespoke working desk and open bookshelf in the room, and a folding bed is placed near the window, which makes it possible for the room to be a temporary bedroom for guests.

The living room and master bedroom are separated by three folding doors. A bespoke sofa is placed on a wooden platform while some books and a sculpture are set near the foyer, which forms a comfortable reading area. Folding doors face the sofa, above which the projector screen is hidden to meet the requirement of watching movies in the living room. There is no other furniture except the laconic coffee table, forming an elegant, poetic, and minimal living space.

In the shop