This project is situated on a narrow and long site, 9M×27M. The narrow side is facing Taipei’s busiest Zhongxiao East Road. The layout of the design consists of a light well placed in the center. The front and rear units are arranged to allow natural ventilation and daylighting in the interior spaces.
Diversity of uses between living and working spaces
With a rapid changing society and the advancement in technology, the work spaces have become diversified. In the era of the covid-19 epidemic and beyond, working from home has become common place reducing the frequency of commuting. Therefore, this project is based on the concept of diverse use of living and working spaces, breaking the typical single usage of home or work use in the past, thus creating a new type of architecture that integrates multiple usage and function.
Form and atmosphere
The design of the facade attempts to properly delineate the slim volume aesthetically. The task is firstly to arrive at a proper proportioning for the slim volume that does not appear abrupt; and secondly, the façade has to act as a metaphor for the diverse internal uses where living and working spaces overlap.
In addition, there is the expression of solid and void by using stone wall and permeable metal plate as contrasting design elements. This is an attempt to create an atmosphere for living and working, and constructs a light and heavy layered aesthetics.
Landscape Architecture: Green, Light, and View
We start with concept of the façade as an "urban landscape". The design utilizes the technique of overlapping solids and voids. Placing green elements on the facade frame and plantings on the terraces that gradually setback. This is architecture of greenery within the urban fabric, creating a green view from the interior space. In addition, metal facade panels composed of different openings allowing light to filter through to the interior and forming an aesthetic of light in the evening.