With technological evolution, lifestyle changes. And many other transforms through times, the living experiences of the younger generation in the 21st century have been poles apart from before. The configuration of a nuclear family in limited space had set a new lifestyle, which promotes the interior and furniture design tapping the potential of space usage, further driving the whole industry to innovate.
This project is the first home of newlyweds and their newborn child, located in the suburbs of Taipei City. Facing the birth of a new life, the newly-married hosts put a lot of effort into this future residence, expecting it to satisfy the unadulterated living functions with simple but textured. And enable them to accompany this new family member to grow up.
Open Space — Creating the Variability in A Limited Scale
“Open living space,” as the core meaning of this project, led the CHU-Studio to reconsider the connections and boundaries of the living room between the master bedroom and kitchen, responding to the lifestyle of the nuclear family and shaping a new type of residential spatial.
The open living room applies unique furniture and composite seats to configure the space, instead of the traditional sofa set and end tables. This method reduces the furniture occupancy area by changing the sitting direction and other ways, providing the central living room space for children to crawl and play freely, shaping the space with a sense of life.
The open master bedroom, on the other hand, has also focused on children’s activities. While the glass-made sliding door served as a transition between the master bedroom and the living room, it endowed the connectivity within the small house, expanded the residential territory's visual boundary, and enlarged the sense of broadness in the limited space. This method gives a different potential for space usage, such as letting kids shuttle around the area, enjoying shows on big-screen TV lying in bed, and even more possibilities.
The open kitchen replaces the traditional dining set with a kitchen island so that the dining table could be used as furniture, a divide, and a functional desktop to adapt to the house owners’ nature of work.
Be Different, but Same — The Vision beneath 45 Centimeters
To be the leading color tone of the interior room and its extension components. The color white has been presented in many different materials, from back-painted glass, wallpaper, paint, marble, and artificial stone to leather, emerging in various temperatures and aspects of one color. This design can meet the simplicity aesthetic with a refined yet lithe texture while matching the homeowner's preference, and the budget could also be effectively controlled.
Besides, considering the kid's growth would become the core of home life, we divided a unique vision field from the perspective of children crawling, which is 45 centimeters in height, to build a whole different world with its materials. Children could cross, move, and play as their wished through those low tunnels and openings we created and could also paint and doodle on the back-painted glass. The consistency within the 45 centimeters boundary has fully embodied while satisfying these different purposes. Among all materials, we set the same white tone; within the same 45 centimeters area, we emphasize those diverse behaviors.