Taichung is both a bustling metropolis and a gateway to Taiwan’s natural beauty. The designers of this high-rise apartment in central Taichung have created a space that harmoniously combines both aspects of the city with the all the necessities and comforts for modern family living.
The first step into your home at the end of a long day is a precious shift from the demands of the outside world to the safety of your nest. Here, the entrance uses its mirrored wall and marble floor to emphasize that transcendence. The reflection of light in these large surfaces amplifies the space and creates a sense of floating. The hallway then pulls your eye straight to the balcony and across the beautiful view of the city below.
The family want a space that reflects their zest for life without being overstated. Keeping a balance between the neutral tones and the bursts of color, the leather and marble, with natural wood grain and cowhide, is key to maintaining the energy of this calm space. The colorful Italian furniture truly reflects the homeowners and sits seamlessly with the rest of the minimalist room due to the soft curves and fabric of the chairs.
Open plan living, dining and kitchen areas also allow for flow but, maintain their individuality through contrasting textures. The continuation of the marble from the floor up to the wall creates a clean linear break between the marble of the living room and the wood of the dining area. The continuation of the slat pattern from the marble to the wood is a creative twist on the theme of reflection and flow.
Storage space versus living space is always a challenge in apartment living. To resolve the issue, wooden paneled walls conceal a large amount of storage in the dining room. Meanwhile the full length, white doors in the bedrooms reflect light adding to the sense of space. The sliding doors to the walk-in closet maintain the openness and tranquility of this metropolitan hideaway.
Using recesses for shelving stops storage jutting out into the room and maintains the simplicity of the space, while still being functional for the family. Floating shelves and study spaces are repeated throughout, maximizing light. The low shelves, embedded linear lighting and undershelf lighting create a glow, accentuating the various recesses, corners and levels of the home.
Over 4,000 miles away, an apartment in Moscow has also adopted the use of natural tones, sheer fabrics and zoned living to make the most of their space while this Italian farmhouse is another perfect example a design that provides calm and escape.