Design is different from art which completely pursues the ultimate beauty; design has to take reality and practicality into consideration to deliver the functionality of the space with an aesthetic expression.
Therefore, both imagination and construction play equal important roles of the whole designing process. How to visualize the imagination, meanwhile, build up a functional space for users, is a challenge for a designer.
Finely utilize the attributes of materials makes a unique design
To install a 2.3 meters high door frame in a historical building is another rare opportunity of demonstrating both modernity and history. In order to correspond to the history of the building, we decide to use natural materials for the door frame and reception table to represent the primordiality.
The design inspiration of the door frame comes from a pair of earrings. The concept is have modernity blend in history, therefore, the door frame is like an art piece situated in the building entrance.
Originally we intend to use copper to be the material of the door frame, in order to reflect the age of the building. However, we eventually use iron to weld the door frame, due to the soft texture of copper. After several trials with the craftsman, we finally achieve to create this door frame with a perfect and balancing combination of functionality and aesthetics.
A good design is the liaison between humans and space
This space is on the sixth and top floor of an old building located in central Taipei. In order to make this space have tranquility and serene ambiance, the main task is to create a flow which is able to liaise with each space and create an extension to have a spacious living space. Therefore, the focus of this design work is the spiral staircase connecting the sixth and the seventh floor.
The horizontal oval shape wooden handrail is the streamline liaising both upstairs and downstairs. In addition, the supporting structure, the keel of the staircase, is on the one side instead of in the middle, in order to deliver a more spacious space visually, and avoid producing pressure for space users in the meantime.
A good design should equip with aesthetics, practicality, functionality and safety. In this staircase, we manage to achieve it by controlling the intervals between the handrail and steel boards, and the intervals between each staircase.