INDOT Residence No. 2
Designer JHENG, MING-HUEI (Armin), a recipient of numerous design awards, faces the pressures of life and sees his home as a sanctuary, a place to breathe and let go, offering a respite from daily stresses. INDOT Residence No. 2 is his second personally crafted dwelling. Distinct from his first residence inspired by urban boutique hotel concepts, this design considers the addition of his wife and child to the family. He weaves his signature style with whimsical elements that echo childlike innocence, reflecting his evolving understanding of home. Through design techniques refined over time, he constructs an ideal blueprint that symbolizes different stages of life's longing for the perfect home.
In urban areas where land prices are sky-high, possessing a spacious living space has become a luxury. Designer JHENG, MING-HUEI (Armin) challenges himself in a living space of only approximately 69.4 square meters, aiming to achieve the dual objectives of maximizing storage and creating a sense of spaciousness. Faced with the competing demands of these goals, he reorganizes the spatial layout, cleverly delineating public and private domains. He converts the original three-bedroom structure into a two-bedroom design, transforming the extra space into a storage room and dressing area. Additionally, he carves out room for a bathtub in the bathroom, allowing for indulgent relaxation. Within INDOT Residence No. 2, every corner, including the entire TV wall, is ingeniously utilized with integrated storage cabinets, thereby multiplying storage options without sacrificing aesthetics.
In constructing workspaces that cater to clients' tastes and needs, he seeks total relaxation when returning home, where minimalism becomes an essential element. Utilizing favorite shades of white, gray, and woodgrain to color his new residence, he adorns it with clean and simple lines, judiciously leaving blank spaces within the design. He avoids over-emphasizing the appearance of lighting fixtures, instead using light strips and recessed lights to provide warm illumination, simultaneously dividing public and private domains.
A large sliding door is placed between the master bedroom and the living room, replacing traditional partitions, thereby allowing the interior and exterior spaces to flow seamlessly into each other. When the sliding door is opened, the entire visual perspective is elongated to encompass the window scenery of the room and capture the breathtaking city view from the balcony, all drawn into the living room. The kitchen features an extendable dining table; when pulled out, it extends the kitchen space, and when stowed away, it enlarges the living room area. The overall design capitalizes on the dynamic interplay of expansion and contraction, allowing for a reconfiguration of the spatial layout, simultaneously broadening the scope of activities.
To address the issue of limited space in the children's room, he tackles this through an architectural approach of interlocking volumes. Above the room, a pink cube is stacked, beneath which a bed, desk, and wardrobe are arranged, and the two spaces are connected by a staircase. A circular entrance is carved into the cube, evoking the playful imagery of building blocks and a tree hollow, and creating a child's exclusive secret hideaway. Additionally, the walls of the children's room do not extend to the ceiling; instead, they are extended upward with glass, adding to the sense of transparency and openness in the space.
JHENG, MING-HUEI (Armin), serving as both an illustrator and a designer, creates works centered around life as the theme. Through INDOT Residence No. 2, he seamlessly blends artistic creativity with the realities of life, showcasing the aesthetic he defines for his second 'home.'