Canon’s house is located in an old residential area of Taipei and this 38-year-old house is inherited from a father to his son. To celebrate the marriage, the couple decide to refurnish the house. The brief was simple: to design a house in a functional and comfortable style. “They left all of the initiative to us for the design, ” recalls the designer Chang-I Lin. The immediate reaction was to make the house which became united with light. Two factors were paramount in the design of this project. First, a lot of importance was placed on the spatial reconstruction to make the layout full of diversity ; secondly, all rooms had to let the light in.
Third Award – Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2019
Firm | GA DESIGN STUDIO
Category | Interior Design
Team | CHANG I LIN
Country | Taiwan
The house takes the form of an I shape ,The living room is dark and small without any natural light into the house . Wall mold, unorganized plumbing ,no storage space are all problems in this old home. Because of the poor spatial proportions, it’s really inconvenient for the couple to live here.
In response to the owner who hoped a house with multifunctional space for get-together with friends and family, we separated area for public and private use. We have turned the space into two different area : upper floor (5th floor) is for the guest and down floor (4th floor) is private area for the host. On the down floor ,the private area ,the welcoming and spacious open-plan kitchen and dining area are unordinary located at the heart of the home, serving as a better space suited to family living. The original two rooms have been combined and converted to wood framed floor family room with more flexibility for all members in the family ,even the coming baby.
This house was designed for the couple with a coming baby in a residential area .Since the site was surrounded on three sides by other buildings ,and directly abutted the road, we conceived of a house that was protected outside but seemingly expansive inside. We removed partition wall and used sliding doors with glass to create this sense of transparency. These doors make it possible to subdivide the large space according to application or situation, and allow for changes in private and public aspects of the house, and expand a home through the composition of its spatial and tectonic elements . The aim was to create places of interaction ,multi-use spaces and allow a constant flow of fresh air inside.
The sliding door plays an important role in this house.One is in front of the corrior, serve as the separation for the dining room and master bedroom, and the other three are around the master room which presents itself as an adaptable structure with the potential to become completely closed or open depending on the occupants’ desires.
When the sliding door A is closed ,the master bedroom takes on a distinctly independent area, included the corridor and the bathroom.
When all sliding door are closed,each area became totally separated. This adaptable structure provide the resident complete privacy.