When it comes to apartments, simplicity is often the key to creating a home. But simplicity doesn’t always look the same. Two Taiwanese residences created by Degree Design, for example, take different paths toward the goal of removing complication and achieving elegant comfort.
To reach their 450-square-foot vacation home on the northern coast of Yilan County, Degree Design’s Han Tseng says, its city-based owners move “through the country, passing through layers and layers of mountains and tunnels,” landing between the Snow Mountain and the Pacific beaches. “I set up an arch in the entrance to symbolize an invisible ceremony that can cleanse the soul, to escape from the hustle and bustle of life.” Its dark palette, Tseng says, “creates the feeling of a total cave, because this makes people relax and feel safe. There’s no need to use complicated decoration between the areas.”
For an 800-square-foot apartment in the Wenshan District of Taipei City, however, a little complication was necessary to achieve true ease. “We rotated the original axis and redesigned the structure,” Tseng, “integrated the main entrances of five rooms into one hallway. There was originally only one single side of light in the space, but after the rearrangement, there are three.” Along the flow line, the team used spray painting, wallpaper, secret doors, and sliding doors, noted Tseng, “to hide its appearance but also maintain its function.” The result is proof that, sometimes, the key to simplicity hides in plain sight.