Imprints of Reality
On a physical level, space doesn't inherently have variations in temperature. People's perception of temperature within a space is influenced by the thermal conductivity of materials, the texture felt against the body, and the colors of materials seen by the eyes. All these factors contribute to a subjective sense of spatial temperature. Materials also play a vital role in shaping the texture and ambiance of the space.
This project is nestled in Beitou, a renowned hot spring destination, where the homeowner aspired for the space to exude the charm of a traditional Japanese residence, coupled with the soothing ambiance of a hot spring retreat. The engawa, a hallmark of Japanese traditional homes, is an open veranda that bridges the interior with the courtyard. Emulating this concept, the designer blurs the demarcation between the balcony and the indoor living space. The lattice design from the outdoor balcony seamlessly extends to the indoor ceiling, and the flooring maintains the continuity of the outdoor India Black Antique Finish stone, forging a harmonious transition. From the moment one steps inside the house, the rich and calming scent of hinoki wood envelops the space, offering an immediate embrace of nature. The design of the bathroom echoes the essence of traditional Japanese living by distinctly separating the toilet and bathing functionalities. Within the bathing zone, sub-sections for a sauna, shower, and soaking tub have been carved out, with a window-side shower granting panoramic views of the countryside. Bathing is portrayed as a journey of relaxation for the body and soul, and in material selection, the design firm DONG TENG XUE preserves the raw beauty, transmitting an aura of organic energy. The beige wall tiles, with their natural mottled texture, harmoniously blend light and temperature, setting a serene ambiance. Fine details, like localized grooves, subtly demarcate areas, distinguishing between public and private atmospheres.
The five-meter-long kitchen island dining table plays multiple roles. The hospitable homeowner entertains friends, indulging in drinks and lively conversations. The side of the table is equipped with power outlets, making it perfect for solitary work or reading. Savoring a cup of rich aromatic tea becomes an experience with the marble surface’s induction cooker, which provides heating and warmth. This table enriches the living experience, seamlessly connecting daily interactions between the living room and the kitchen, eliminating any lulls in the conversation. Design firm DONG TENG XUE showcases its ingenuity in the material selection for this project. The elongated wooden panel of the island bar is inlaid with marble, harmonizing with the central round table in the kitchen. The deep green shade of the round table serves as a focal point amidst a warm color palette, accentuating the visual feast. Materials aged by millennia exude various expressions under different lighting, embodying nature and vitality. The specially designed conical table legs bear the weight of emotions shared among family and friends. The pendant light from Slovakia hangs majestically above the round table, its exterior flaunting a rusted red iron texture while its 18k gold leaf interior forms a beautiful contrast, connecting with the brass details on the kitchen cabinets. The natural patina process of copper, when exposed to air, etches memories of life into every corner of the home.