This is an atypical home that reflects the life of a unique urban family in Taipei. The entire area of 90m² is completely open, with hidden cabinets and a strip of deep-recessed windows surrounded on four sides. At the center, a 3.5-meter countertop anchors the entire apartment, serving as a multi-functional table. The recessed windows receive constant northern-light by day, and transition into private sleeping quarters when closed at night. The bathroom areas and its fixtures are a play of geometrical volume and framed-view composition. The countertop and furniture, with their abstract appearance, resemble stone slab, woodblock, and clay. The architects treated them as sculptural pieces within the space. There is no definite spatial division within the space.
The owner is a young couple with a young child and a newborn. Their wish was to have a home that is free of the norm, and is defined by their notion of how they wish to live. This is an excerpt of the brief they presented to the architects: “At this stage of our lives, spaces for sleeping, seating, eating, and sanitary activities can be stripped down to the bare essentials. We wish to have more space for our children to run freely, as well as to have a large table that everyone can gather around to spend time together. If possible, we wish to live in a modern gallery of sorts; simple, calm, and filled with light, in which the spaces are left to the imagination as we fill them with life for the years to come.”
Project: KOA Apartment
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Year of completion: 2020
Design Firm: Marty Chou Architecture
Photography: Kyle Yu Photography
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