Simple House

Simple house is located in Tianmu district. The shape of the site was a triangle with one narrow corner obliquely connected to the street. At the other end of the site, the green flourished and there stood three huge pine trees with height up to 6 floors. Compared with the energetic cityscape in downtown Taipei, the site truly exemplified itself as a secret garden. The renovation included the building refurbishment and interior design. The client wanted to reserve the original structure, intended not to add excessive complexities and luxuries, and eventually expected to see "A Simple House".


Light Through Criss-crossed Volume of Void and Solid

The total area of the project was not enormous, but the house was not overloaded due to fewer inhabitants in the house that relatively required a simple program. The public space including a living room, kitchen, dining room as well as a guest room were arranged on the first floor. Meanwhile, the private bedroom and exterior balconies were organized on the second floor. In order to balance the sense of the space caused by the narrow proportion of the site, and intend to be more access to the green, the design that was based on the original structure adopted the concept of "Building Block". Volumes were aligned obliquely that enabled more easily the interior to extend to the exterior from time to time. In this way, it created a spatial rhythm and enhanced its spatial fluidity. With an abundant application of the glass, natural light could sufficiently diffuse into the interior which made it even more possible for the communication between the interior scene and the exterior green. For example, the dining room in the backyard that adopted the idea of "A Green House" was glazed in all surrounding walls and brought joy into the dining environment as if it were in the exterior garden.


Aesthetics of Simplicity

As for the exterior design, the light grey tile was selected as the main material for the facade finish. On one hand, it was a response towards the client's expectation; moreover, it complementarily followed the green environment in the site. The tile matched perfectly with metal material in dark grey paints. The material combination was applied to entrance hall on the first floor, dining space in the backyard, and balconies on the second floor. It implicitly enriched visual effects in multiple layers that advocated a simple philosophy of keeping a low profile as well as being peaceful and natural.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Concrete Siding Material, and Tile Roof Material. The design adopted the concept of "Building Block".  Photo  of Simple HouseView Photos

The design adopted the concept of "Building Block".

Modern home with Exterior, Tile Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. Simple house is located in Tianmu district. The shape of the site was a triangle with one narrow corner obliquely connected to the street.  Photo 2 of Simple HouseView Photos

Simple house is located in Tianmu district. The shape of the site was a triangle with one narrow corner obliquely connected to the street.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. At the other end of the site, the green flourished and there stood three huge pine trees with height up to 6 floors. Photo 3 of Simple HouseView Photos

At the other end of the site, the green flourished and there stood three huge pine trees with height up to 6 floors.

Modern home with House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. Compared with the energetic cityscape in downtown Taipei, the site truly exemplified itself as a secret garden.  Photo 4 of Simple HouseView Photos

Compared with the energetic cityscape in downtown Taipei, the site truly exemplified itself as a secret garden.

Modern home with House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. The renovation included the building refurbishment and interior design.  Photo 5 of Simple HouseView Photos

The renovation included the building refurbishment and interior design.

Modern home with House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. Volumes were aligned obliquely that enabled more easily the interior to extend to the exterior from time to time. Photo 6 of Simple HouseView Photos

Volumes were aligned obliquely that enabled more easily the interior to extend to the exterior from time to time.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The client wanted to reserve the original structure, intended not to add excessive complexities and luxuries, and eventually expected to see "A Simple House". Photo 7 of Simple HouseView Photos

The client wanted to reserve the original structure, intended not to add excessive complexities and luxuries, and eventually expected to see "A Simple House".

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The light was designed indirectly sprayed into the living room. Photo 8 of Simple HouseView Photos

The light was designed indirectly sprayed into the living room.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The spatial sequence was arranged diagonally to the end.  Photo 9 of Simple HouseView Photos

The spatial sequence was arranged diagonally to the end.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. The public space including a living room, kitchen, dining room as well as a guest room were arranged on the first floor.  Photo 10 of Simple HouseView Photos

The public space including a living room, kitchen, dining room as well as a guest room were arranged on the first floor.

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. A view from the dining room to the backyard through the guest room. Photo 12 of Simple HouseView Photos

A view from the dining room to the backyard through the guest room.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Pendant Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Floor. The dining room in the backyard that adopted the idea of "A Green House" was glazed in all surrounding walls and brought joy into the dining environment as if it were in the exterior garden. Photo 13 of Simple HouseView Photos

The dining room in the backyard that adopted the idea of "A Green House" was glazed in all surrounding walls and brought joy into the dining environment as if it were in the exterior garden.

Modern home with Bedroom, Storage, Wardrobe, Recessed Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Accent Lighting. Meanwhile, the private bedroom and exterior balconies were organized on the second floor. Photo 14 of Simple HouseView Photos

Meanwhile, the private bedroom and exterior balconies were organized on the second floor.

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Chair, Bookcase, Desk, and Medium Hardwood Floor. A work space is designed next to the bedroom. Photo 15 of Simple HouseView Photos

A work space is designed next to the bedroom.

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Medium Hardwood Floor, Open Shower, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Vessel Sink, Freestanding Tub, Accent Lighting, Porcelain Tile Wall, and One Piece Toilet. the toilet is open to the back yard. A abundant of natural light comes in to the interior. Photo 16 of Simple HouseView Photos

the toilet is open to the back yard. A abundant of natural light comes in to the interior.

Modern home with Bath Room, Freestanding Tub, Open Shower, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceramic Tile Floor, Vessel Sink, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, and One Piece Toilet. With an abundant application of the glass, natural light could sufficiently diffuse into the interior which made it even more possible for the communication between the interior scene and the exterior green. Photo 17 of Simple HouseView Photos

With an abundant application of the glass, natural light could sufficiently diffuse into the interior which made it even more possible for the communication between the interior scene and the exterior green.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. More activities are introduced to the extended balcony. Photo 19 of Simple HouseView Photos

More activities are introduced to the extended balcony.

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