Sky Villa

台北市, 台灣
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  • 台北市, 台灣
  • The house is located on the top floor of a high rise building in downtown Taipei. Due to the shift of the family member and the passing of ten years since its completion, the house is in need of a renovation. The main layout remains the same, but two single bedrooms are converted into another master bedroom with a walk-in closet and an adjoining bathroom. Additionally, the upper roof floor is designed for a roof garden and a lounge space.

    The most unique feature for this project comes from the idea of "sky villa", which brings the encounter of nature and manmade environment within a courtyard above the ground. To achieve this goal, one third of the roof was eliminated and replaced with a skylight through which light sprays all over the lobby and its surrounding area. The skylight is supported by a series of thin columns which also defines the edge of the lobby where furniture and plant pots are arranged in an organic order to implicitly guide the circulation without completely hiding the space behind. The lobby, as a courtyard of a villa, is treated virtually as an exterior space organizing the spatial configuration as well as regulating the nature into the interior.

    Besides the courtyard that plays the crucial element to regulate the space, the ceiling as well conducts the flow in the space. By removing the old ceiling and partially adding new ones, the original concrete structural material is revealed with more texture in contrast to the new added smooth white ceiling, as a dialogue between the past and the present, the old and the new. The newly added ceiling which hides the wiring facility splits into multiple layers to guide the dynamic meandering like passing circulation or sight movements, as well as enrich the spatial hierarchy by separating space into differentiated parts. In addition, lights are installed along the fracture of the ceiling to transform space into a furniture and merge the role between them. The design strategy by reduction rather than adding, such as the ceiling and illumination, sometimes brings even more attractive features that sit on the experiential edges.

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    Modern home with ceiling lighting, light hardwood floor, rooftop, trees, metal railing, metal tread, and hallway. Along the staircase up to the upper floor, there exists a frame-like window that links the interior to the exterior garden. Photo  of Sky Villa

    Along the staircase up to the upper floor, there exists a frame-like window that links the interior to the exterior garden.

    Modern home with concrete floor, windows, and metal. A lit court is formed due to that part of the existing roof was taken out. Photo 2 of Sky Villa

    A lit court is formed due to that part of the existing roof was taken out.

    Modern home with hallway and concrete floor. The lobby is transformed into an interior courtyard, which is embraced by an array of thin columns that not only signify a space but also support the sky window on top through which light sprays on plants. Photo 3 of Sky Villa

    The lobby is transformed into an interior courtyard, which is embraced by an array of thin columns that not only signify a space but also support the sky window on top through which light sprays on plants.

    Modern home with living room, bench, sofa, ceiling lighting, concrete floor, and chair. Wide window and a long bench frame a vista to the outdoor landscape. Photo 4 of Sky Villa

    Wide window and a long bench frame a vista to the outdoor landscape.

    Modern home with living room, concrete floor, ceiling lighting, and sofa. The fully penetrable lobby next to the living space opens various visual dimensions  linking to different areas. In addition, the winding array of columns also lead fluid circulation with repetitive rhythm. Photo 5 of Sky Villa

    The fully penetrable lobby next to the living space opens various visual dimensions linking to different areas. In addition, the winding array of columns also lead fluid circulation with repetitive rhythm.

    Modern home with living room, sofa, bench, ceiling lighting, and concrete floor. The newly added curvy ceiling that is arranged for the purpose of wiring utility dispersal as well as the original upper concrete floor together imply the idea of tearing a surface into multiple layers which further implicitly reveals the spatial relationship. Photo 6 of Sky Villa

    The newly added curvy ceiling that is arranged for the purpose of wiring utility dispersal as well as the original upper concrete floor together imply the idea of tearing a surface into multiple layers which further implicitly reveals the spatial relationship.

    Modern home with living room, chair, ceiling lighting, sofa, and concrete floor. With a view from the living room towards the lobby, a tranquil scene emerges out of the contrast juxtaposition of the dark Chinese ink-like Pandomo floor and the surrounding lit environment. Photo 7 of Sky Villa

    With a view from the living room towards the lobby, a tranquil scene emerges out of the contrast juxtaposition of the dark Chinese ink-like Pandomo floor and the surrounding lit environment.

    Modern home with dining room, chair, ceiling lighting, bar, table, and concrete floor. On the other side of the lobby places the kitchen where the layout follows the existing plan. However, its new composition is the combination of geometric and organic forms. Photo 8 of Sky Villa

    On the other side of the lobby places the kitchen where the layout follows the existing plan. However, its new composition is the combination of geometric and organic forms.

    Modern home with staircase, metal railing, and metal tread. Photo 9 of Sky Villa
    Modern home with staircase, metal tread, and metal railing. A platform behind the staircase, like a lifted terrain, extends from the courtyard as a continuous landscape in the interior space. Photo 10 of Sky Villa

    A platform behind the staircase, like a lifted terrain, extends from the courtyard as a continuous landscape in the interior space.

    Modern home with staircase, metal tread, and metal railing. Photo 11 of Sky Villa
    Modern home with dining room, bar, table, chair, ceiling lighting, concrete floor, recessed lighting, and table lighting. Photo 12 of Sky Villa
    Modern home with staircase, metal railing, and metal tread. Photo 13 of Sky Villa
    Modern home with living room, ceiling lighting, sofa, and light hardwood floor. Photo 14 of Sky Villa
    Modern home with outdoor, rooftop, flowers, trees, vegetables, stone patio, porch, deck, gardens, hanging lighting, wood fence, and post lighting. Plants are arranged randomly by genus, height and size to achieve a natural environment with vital wildness. Photo 15 of Sky Villa

    Plants are arranged randomly by genus, height and size to achieve a natural environment with vital wildness.

    Modern home with outdoor, rooftop, flowers, garden, trees, vegetables, grass, stone patio, porch, deck, and hanging lighting. Photo 16 of Sky Villa
    Modern home with outdoor, rooftop, grass, garden, flowers, trees, gardens, stone patio, porch, deck, vegetables, wood patio, porch, deck, wood fence, and hanging lighting. The glazed canopy extends to the garden to shield against the rain, ease the sunshine but does not degrade the light quality in the inner space. Photo 17 of Sky Villa

    The glazed canopy extends to the garden to shield against the rain, ease the sunshine but does not degrade the light quality in the inner space.