Beyond the Imagery Expanse of Quietude
To shape a ceremony of space beyond the imagery, the goal is to redefine the spatial emotion of "quietude".
The natural scenery of Beitou's indigenous environment is to be extended inside the space. Springs, wood, trees, and rocks are to serve as the foundation of the imagery and to imbue vitality and vibrancy to the space. Travertine, teak and limestone are the purposely chosen material, which are identical to the exterior appearance of the building. The image consistently transmitted is one of a simple and warm cultural enterprise, but with new layout and arrangements, the interior space has been re-interpreted.
Metaphor of the Ceremony
It extends from the entrance line all the way to the end, a painting-like scenery of the old tree outside decorates the interior. With sufficient height of the space, the materials and vocabulary of the room tend towards vertical division to emphasize the visual experience.
The large window brings the outside natural scenery inside, the TV wall has been lowered so that the living room and bedroom forms one interconnected area. Enter the room and you will be greeted by the sight of greenery. The double entrance to the bathroom forms a part of the inner/outer circle movement paths. The skylight above the hot spring pool allows high exposure to the sunlight. The bathroom is situated in the brightest location of the guest room, serving as the heart of the space. The emphasis is on the condensation of the mind and spirit while bathing in the light of dusk.
The room is restricted by its lack of large outward-facing windows, instead, the existing floor boards are opened up to re-establish the interaction with the outside/light. Beneath the patio is a tree heliotrope, easily seen from the entryway and serving as the core element of the guest bedroom. By stripping away the dividing walls, regardless whether one is in the living room or bathroom, the connection with the skylight and tree can still be maintained as if one is in nature. The movement paths in the living room and bedroom are in the form of an outer and inner circle, the connected line of sight broadens the overall space. Light shines in from above the shower area, cleansing both the body and soul.
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