In an old apartment building with barred windows in Taipei City, Light Box is like a brush of white in the midst of a mess.
Based on the idea of residential architecture, Light Box is designed as a homely office space. The boundary between home and office is blurred by incorporating light and shadow into the interior. The office is showcased with home aesthetics.
The office with a pure white feature and light passing through glass lays on the first floor of an old apartment building in Taipei City. Its facade features a big white wall and a large glass area to fit more into the community. To break away from the tradition of putting the front door in the middle to welcome guests, we move some of the space inward for a breathing space before entry. Changing the direction of the entrance adds an additional layer of delicacy to the welcoming feel.
As we hope that guests entering Light Box can feel at home, we design the reception area as a living room, define the pantry room as an open kitchen, and consider the meeting room as a dining room that is the most flexible place in the home. The shared space uses French windows to connect to the outdoors, through which sunlight and green views pass. You can also feel the passage of people in the neighborhood as well as time during breaks from work.
Presented in the modern Scandinavian style, the interior uses black, white, and gray to deliver a sense of modern simplicity and elegance. Simple lines not only ensure the transparency of the office area, but also contribute to neater spatial aesthetics. The experiment and use of materials are also a focus of the design project. The outdoor platform stairs use Lotos paint for easy maintenance. Instead of having a smooth and glossy surface for a sense of luxury, the marble table in the meeting room is made of a thin marble slab to enhance the image of natural flows.
Placing the office area behind the bar counter can boost concentration at work. In the reception area, we abandoned using a door or a wall to separate the space but utilized different floor tiles as a metaphor for boundaries. Dark and light colors are also used to imply spatial differences, creating an open vision.
Planting tree saplings to make a green space and using bright colors with low chroma that make the space look bigger to create transparency, Light Box serves as a green spot in the neighborhood, offering a sense of security and glittering in the alley.