In Taiwan, a historic dwelling has been transformed into an experimental living studo, a project with HAO design signature. Home Design Ideas was inspired with this project and we wanted to share some pictures of it.
This project happen in a building originally builted by the japanese army during World War II, as part of huangpu village, Taiwan’s first military settlement. After Japan being defeated, the neighborhood quickly fell into disrepair – instead of being demolished, this village was listed as a protected cultural landmark and in 2015 the citizens were encouraged to apply for temporary residence in the neighborhood.
The challenge for HAO design was to restore one of the site’s dwellings, retaining the original structure and keeping the historical context.
Conceived as an experimental living studio, the property has been designed to host workshops, lectures, and hands-on cement work. the scheme also provides an art residency, allowing members of the renovation project to practice their interior design skills.
There were a lot of challanges in this project to the design team: “‘although renovating an old house was an exciting task, the house when we took over was falling apart,” explains HAO design, “there was no water or electricity.”. Considering the historical significance of this building and its special cultural value, the design team sought to create a space that wasn’t in conflict with the existing architecture.
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