Project Name： House W
Architecture Firm：Soar Design Studio
Lead Architect：Yu-Jui Chang
Project Location：Taichung City, Taiwan
Description from architect Soar Design Studio:
Located in Dadu Mountain area, the unit is on the 10th floor of a 30-year-old apartment building located in Dadu mountain, with a terrific view overlooking Taichung City. The owner, a business trainer and writer, needs a space that ensures work/life balance. The design task is to renovate this old flat to accommodate various activities, enjoy extensive family time, and embrace nature even in indoor space. Residents hope to experience surrounding nature on the balcony.
We reorganize spaces to introduce light, airflow and (mountain and urban) skylines into the unit. It helps manage microclimate and view. The common area is open for more use cases. Multiple routes in the space offer more unconventional living experiences, so people, light and air flow better. Some areas are intentionally left intact to enable more possibilities for family activities and future life.
We also minimize indoor styles to present natural qualities. Light and airflow also flow well with natural materials. Instead of complicated design, sleek lines offer soothing visual experiences.
In this project, we utilize multiple intermediary spaces as connecting nodes, such as tea room between living room and dining room, corridor between living room and study, or Japanese-style room between bedrooms. These ambiguities are available for more use cases. Facilities in these spaces, including tea room, outdoor corridor, and long lounge, are flexible for family engagement and serendipities. These are also key designs to introduce sunshine and airflow indoors. We hope these nodes connect people, light, and air, so users can experience life in essence.