• fws_work brings a sense of tranquility into an apartment in Taiwan

    6 October 2022

    Residence W is designed by fws_work to bring a sense of tranquility to a home overlooking the city of Qinpu, known for its fast development and transportation hub. The owner is an airline pilot, spending most of his time constantly traveling between different countries with short stays. For him, home is a haven to provide a sense of relaxation at the moment when he arrives home.

    To respond to the owner’s desire for relaxation, fws_work designs with tactile materials, such as plaster and oak wood, as the essential backdrop, accompanied with woven cane, ribbed glass, encaustic ceramic tiles, and linen furnishings to form a sensory warmth. In addition, refined craftsmanship is revealed through consistent millwork details throughout. The selective material palette and joinery details evoke the client’s memories of a country home in childhood, as well as Mediterranean retreats experienced during his travels.

    fws_work combines the entry, kitchen, reading, dining, and living areas in a light-filled, open-plan space to enhance spaciousness and flexibility, while focusing on creating intuitive circulation, based on the client’s routines. The intuitive circulation is defined by freestanding fixtures, such as the half-height divider connecting to the reading desk, and the extended kitchen counter. Meanwhile, the existing heavy structural beam is clad with oak wood panels to visually separate the laid-back living and dining area from the function-driven reading and kitchen space, and softens the visual heaviness of the structural beam.

    Contrasting with the laid-back feeling of the overall neutral palette, the black stained wood millwork, encaustic ceramic wall tiles, leather handles, and stoned countertop shape the moody kitchen and extended bar counter. The darkness of the kitchen and bar counter fosters a pure state of immersion, allowing the client to dive into his passions for cooking and whisky tasting. The warm shelf lighting penetrates through the rattan cabinet door, accompanied by rear reflections of glasses and tableware that enrich the backdrop of dining moments.

    Connecting the open area with bedrooms and a multi-functional room, the transitional hallway is wrapped with oak wood panels and plaster walls. The partial partition wall was replaced by layers of woven cane panels and ribbed glass to draw sunlight into the hallway, while providing privacy and sound insulation for the room. Aligned joinery from walls to the ceiling creates depth and dimension when the light shines. In addition, the circular wall light on the end echoes the circular mirror in the entry, and balances with the straight-lined design language throughout the house.

    In addition to the neutral palette consistent with the open area, the deep teal color blurs the boundary between the upper wall and the ceiling, bringing a sense of serenity into the bedroom for rest after a long day.

    Technical sheet

    Official Project Name – Residence W
    Location: Taoyuan, Taiwan
    Client: Private
    Designer team: Yu-Hsiang Fu (Lead Designer); Yi-En Lee (Designer)
    Construction Management: ArchinSpace / Noel Huang 
    Photographer: Suiyu Studio
    Project completion date: March 2021
    Gross floor area: 130 sqm / 1400 sqft

    About fws_work

    fws_work is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in New York and Taipei. We create engaging environments by providing interior, branding, and furniture design services. Our projects are grounded in rich concepts/narratives, collaborative process, and detail appreciation. “fws” is shortened for “fellows”.

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