The design brief is to keep existing
characteristics of the building and develop the space through mixed material and textures to retain a harmonic relationship.
The refurbishment of an old residential building in Taichung, Taiwan, includes re-designing the layout of two floors and an extension of the terrace. Admittedly, the house has not been used for over 40 years and suffered from a mould infestation so the designer demolished the surfaces to leave the existing brick wall as a feature.
On the ground floor of the house is the living, dinning and kitchen areas, two bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the second floor. The design team want to create a natural atmosphere that is also functional, therefor timber panels and brighter coloured walls are used through-out the apartment. By contrast, black marble is applied from wall to floor in the bathroom, this creates separation from the public space and a sense of privacy. Natural wood on the floor gives the space a warm feeling, while mirrored walls helps to reflect light on the second floor.
Retaining existing features with mixed material to keep the space looking as minimal as possible then space will tell its own story.