As the major metropolitan area of southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung embodies commercial harbor and industrial development based on the traits of Pacific-Rim Harbor City. The image of flow ocean urban is formed by modern city grids, large green-belt parks, and contemporary cultural amenity infrastructures. This project is a new high-rise residential building in the Kaohsiung metro area, adjacent to the Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. It is located at one of the most rapidly developed areas in recent years. On the site, a seventeen-floor residential building exists with full-height windows looking out to the spectacular views of harbor and city as well as the world’s largest single roof-structure performance hall is renowned for its fig-tree canopy symbolic gesture. The design project is creatively anchored on a spatial continuity between the external views and the interior, and coupled with spatial circulation and natural lighting planning.
Open Design – Residential Living of Quality and Warmth
Open Space Design, multi-purpose spatial usage model and simplified circulation design constitute the three main cornerstones of this design project. Especially the elevation facing Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts is opened up to incorporate an “Indoor Platform,” a corridor effectively links the external balcony with living room, dining room and the multi-purpose room in a symphony of open and well-illuminated living spaces that blurs the boundary between the exterior and the interior. In terms of materiality, the grey-on-white dual-color base tone, monolithic finish concrete, timber veneer, and metal pieces are the main material choices for a contemporary residential design aesthetics in a blend of warm timber, concrete, and metal materiality. As the interior consists of the public activity areas and the private bedrooms, the procession starts at the unit entrance in the center of the floor plan into the open-design public areas of the interconnected lobby, living room, dining room and kitchen evenly distributed on both sides of the main circulation axis which leads to the bedrooms and the bathrooms. The children’s bedrooms are located in between the public and the private domains, and feature with a dual-door access design in a semi-open area, which not only enhances the spatial flow but allows the two-way full-height windows to inundate every corner of the interior with ample natural lighting.
Diverse Flowing Domain – Spatial Usage of Public and Private Duality
The unit entrance lobby features an arch-shape ceiling integrated with suspended cabinet and display walls, and defines a meticulous artistic quality to this transitional space. The interior procession starts on the right-hand side of the unit entrance before entering the living room endowed with the magnificent view of the lovely greenery vista of the Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts while the back wall of the living room relieves spatial compression of the low ceiling height high-rise building, and the minimized volume of the TV wall dramatically eradicates the spatial boundary between the living room and the dining room. It renders a spacious quality to the public spaces in visual and tactile perceptions. The kitchen, in a T-shape floor plan, is located on the other side of the public area, and features a four-seater space for casual dining extended from the island bench-top. The wooden display wall on the right-hand side creatively conceals the sliding door which imbues various degrees of usage flexibility for the kitchen as a cooking, casual dining area, and an interactive space on social occasions.