隱山居 Mountain Retreat
This project involves a single-story renovation of a residential building, with an interior area of about 90 square meters. Because of the gradual aging of the building, its location on a hillside with heavy humidity and being situated in an unobstructed windward-facing side, the planning and design prioritized overhauling the exterior before moving on to the interior space. First, basic works such as waterproofing of exterior walls, use of premium airtight windows and replacement of pipelines were completed. Then, the layout, flow and functional units were reshaped based on the living habits and preferences of the residents. A series of residence-friendly and eco-friendly materials and paints were carefully selected to create a fascinating mountain residence.
A high shoe cabinet and chair are attached to the wall of the entryway. The partition wall of the separate storage room is used as an embedded display cabinet to become a visual scenery that welcomes visitors. The junction of the foyer and the kitchen is narrowed and turned by the technique of narrowing the angle of view and the flow of light in the public area was enlarged. The centrally positioned kitchen area and the living room with windows on both sides are the two highlights of the house with unparalleled views. The former leverages a custom-made functional kitchen island to connect the dining table, shaping the flow line side by side with the table and the soft white paired with warm wood contours ensures a clean and welcoming visual effect. The kitchen-to-living room corner is equipped with wall hangers and steps, which can be used as a display stage or a playground for the cats.
The living room employed a minimalistic decor and the airtight windows also minimize the number of sections, so that the plain color of the space can accentuate the spectacular scenery outside the windows, which offers a 180-degree visual angle. In addition, given the limited height of the interior and the large beams crossing the living room, the design incorporated the ceiling concealed air conditioning units and diffused lighting to create a geometric layer to maximize ceiling height. The master bedroom had an integrated triple-entry partition and a light-transparent glass partition between the sleeping area and the master’s bathroom is boldly used to add to the sense of design and to introduce natural light.
From this project, it is not difficult to find: spatial design, in fact, is more like a living arrangement and the sum total of scenario proposals.