This minimalist modern three storey single family house is located in a residential area of a traditional industrial town which near by a stream in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Considering the fact that the houses in the community are closed to one another and the spacing of the streets are narrow, for privacy concerns, the space of street and the building was widened by making the house backward, and then the space is used as a garage with grass.
The position of French windows and balcony are depended on the direction of sunlight. Also the gratings outside the portion of the building for light shielding and heat dissipation work well with the specialties of tropical weather and lighting. The interaction of these elements presents a simple and natural style of the house.
The footage of the house is 180 ping. The first floor is including garage, balcony, dining room, kitchen, Washitsu, guest restroom. There are master bedroom, study, living room, bathroom, fitting room on the second floor. The third floor is mainly children’s space, three child rooms and bathrooms. Also the environmental solar heating system and balcony are on the top floor.
For breaking through the general design thinking, the space arrangement was based on the vital function by owner's needs. Every space is independent and separated, but combined together like Lego as a building in the end.
The stair entry is nonlinear, which create an affluent circulation, and the windows provide a relaxing lighting and great views in the house. The facade material outside the whole building is based on the interior. The style of the building shows the tropical weather and enthusiastic humanities of southern Taiwan by using white building material, stone walls and solid wood.
The lines of interior emphasize on alignment clearly and simple black and white molding, which shows interleaved levels of space, creating a visual sense, on the other hand, different space communicate with artworks and making artistic atmosphere in daily life, it becomes the impressive focal point of visual.