KOA Apartment

KOA Apartment

This is an atypical home.  It is a space that reflects the life of a unique urban family in its current stage.

The entire area of 90m² is completely open.  Surrounded on four sides are hidden cabinets and a strip of deep-recessed windows.  At the center is a 3.5-meter countertop.  The countertop is the anchor of the space and serves as a multi-functional table.  The recessed windows receive constant northern-light at day, and become private sleeping quarters when closed at night.  The sanitary space and its pieces are the play of geometrical volume and framed-view composition.  The countertop and furniture, with their abstract appearance, resemble stone slab, woodblock, and clay.  We treated them as sculptures in the space.

There is no definite spatial division within the space, as if one could do anything anywhere.

The owner is a young couple, a little daughter, and an upcoming baby.  They wish for a home that is freed from norm and is defined by their notion.  This is how they brief me the first time we met:

“At this stage of our life, the space for sleeping, seating, eating and sanitary can be stripped down to the bare essentials.  We wish to have more space for our children to run freely and a big table for everyone to be around and spend time together.  If possible, we wish to live in a modern gallery; simple, calm, and filled with light…in which space are left for imagination, so we can fill it with our life the years ahead.”

這是一間非典型住宅,一個觀念獨特都市家庭的階段性居住空間。

28坪的空間完全開放,四週是隱藏櫃與深凹窗,中間是一座3.5米長的檯面。長檯面滿足各生活面的需求,也界定開放空間的層次及活動範圍。深凹窗在白天讓全室享有穩定的北向光;晚上,關起拉門,則變成隱密的睡眠空間。梳洗區是空間中量體元素的延續和端景;看似省略日常功能,其實玄機暗藏。檯面和傢俱像似石板、木塊及粘土塊;它們像抽象的雕塑,也可看作是放大的古樸童玩。

空間中沒有明顯的區域界定,好像到處都可坐、躺、玩耍。

屋主是一對年輕夫妻、一位小女兒及一位即將出生的寶寶。他們希望住宅空間能從刻板模式中鬆綁,由自己的認知定義。在第一次見面時他們告訴我:

「現階段的家,有地方睡就好,有地方坐就好,有地方吃就好,有地方梳洗就好。有足夠的空間讓孩子盡情活動、奔跑比較重要,和有一張大桌子作為全家人聚集的生活中心。如果可能,我們希望住在像現代美術館般的空間裏,簡潔、舒暖、充滿光⋯讓空間留著想像,讓未填滿的地方留給日後的生活慢慢豐富它。」