光井 Light Well
Townhouse is the most common housing pattern in Taiwan, since the side-by-side position, the window only available at the front and backs which generally causing the problem of unventilated, humid and dark inside. This case in one of the pattern, and it faced west and with arrow floor size, which combine all the adverse conditions.
The designers provide several solutions for Taiwanese traditional apartment as this case to revise the prejudice. Through creative design, townhouse is also having the possibility for full lightening and ventilation. With only 240 square meters of total floor area, the dream house of overall living and studio function comes true.
“Penetrability” is the main concept for the house: Sunlight, air, water and people can go through all the space smoothly. The original stairwell reconstructed to transparent patio trail and the black SRC stairs without handrail. The patio using glass to link the aisle, and for the sunlight shines down to every corner. We use the SRC stair instead of traditional brick stairs, the non-handrail and pierced design provide more space and a path for circulation, that both link and given spacious for each floor.
Each stair only have 60 square meters, the designer adopt subtraction and intersection solution to multiply the function of this small space. The right side of garage is the glass wall lobby that isolates the automobile exhaust and creates an individual entrance and storage. Going up with the SRC stairs is the main meeting space, the open kitchen-dining area is also use as meeting room, and the wood made dining table soften the black and white color. Between the meeting space and studio, we did not use compartment but a double side storage contain all the kitchen appliance, studio printers, and also lines and wires. We reduce the waste of space and provide a wider and spacious meeting and working area with functional design.
As for the private area, there are even lass compartment to integrate the pathway. We design a no-door bathroom for the mater bedroom at the 3rd floor, only zoning the sleeping and bathing area by the platform of washbasin and dresser table and different material of the floor. The shower and toilet share a slide door, hide the storage in the wall, by the concept of reuse for space, the boundary of area are less clear-cut but still able to keep their own function, and create a wide and comfortable living space. The living room on the 4th floor is the air zone of the whole building. The transparent patio brings in the sunlight, the penetrate stairs open the air convection, and the garden at west side adjust and lower the heat for 2nd and 3rd floor. Everyone of these design is echo the key element for living. The multiple function of 4th floor are the best solution contribute to benefit the temperature, humidity and lightening for the house.