Compared to the past, a contemporary pursuit of one's better life had gradually extended from a substantial improvement to a spiritual level. The personal taste, therefore, is reflected in their sensory satisfaction. For example, a brand-new diet experience that is enhanced from visual to gustatory and olfactory stimulation is one of the ways to interpret modern life. Under such a background, a small-format culinary workshop that emphasized details and interactions had been born.
This project is located in the Eastern District of Tainan City, the most prosperous downtown area. A young couple and their three children living in the community composed of traditional townhouses, with arbors along the road giving their 40-year-old house a green yet peaceful streetscape. While the male host setting up a private culinary workshop for neighborhood moms beside his catering education career, CHU-Studio was engaged to optimize the layout, bringing a new aspect to the old house.
The base retains a characteristic of traditional which is short on width but long on depth. This layout, however, makes it suffering in poor lighting. A large number of wooden materials in a light tone were implemented against this issue, with white ceilings and kitchen modules installed to create a transparency texture, some bright-yellow-painted cabinets and barstools were also applied to draw a contrasting yet vivid picture in this modern and minimalist space.
On the other hand, existing walls around the staircase in the middle of the house were replaced by glass-made partitions, enabling the public and private areas to be separated while keeping the brightness. With all these delicate transformations, the sense of brightness was successfully be ensured within this 4-meter-wide space.
Replanning the layout: Being flexible to meet diversified usage
The culinary workshop offers three kinds of courses, including the mini master class to experience the dining, the in-depth course that cooking with the chief, and the family workshop to learn with children. In response to those different needed, designers reversed the traditional convention to set the living room behind the multi-functional kitchen and defined the middle sector as the dining area. With this new configuration, space could be flexibly adjusted according to various scenarios, members, and the scale of events to switch between commercial and private usage.
Among this open-plan spatial, designers set social spots at the front, middle, and back sectors (which are image wall, ingredient shelf, and lavatory, respectively) as the separation of the sections, and further used random-placed geometric floor tiles and unibody wood-made cabinets to imply the notion of shapeless boundary. Combining the redesigned configuration of sectors and transparent front door; thus, the core traffic flow could be outlined clearly from the entrance all the way to the backside.