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M House: Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

Taiwan Architecture News - May 31, 2023 - 11:14   4601 views

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

This is the work of a teacher who has taught in the architectual school for many years. The architect Kefung Liou, his entrepreneur friend entrusted him to design a small enterprise headquarters building. 

This interesting geometric design may also represent another type of architectural work in Taiwan's commercial architectural society.

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

Image © Yuen-Lun Tsai

1. The Geometry

The combination of the relationship between square and 45 degrees, the combination of square and triangle, the extension of the vertebral body, the geometric virtual body that cuts the concave, the division of the 45-degree triangle reflects the relationship with the square, and the combination of the indented and convex 45-degree eaves.

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

 Image © Ke-Funf Liou

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

 Image ©  Ke-Funf Liou

2. The Integration

The west service core forms the highest wall with the same height as the south façade. In this way, on the one hand, the roof shape is eliminated, so that the building body will not have an incomplete state, but will have a complete and closed composition.

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

Image © Yuen-Lun Tsai  

3. The Composition

The sense of volume and cutting are contradictory at the same time: The closed volume on the west side and the large 45-degree cut on the east side coexist. One of the east is the overall consideration, and the 45-degree body constitutes the concept. The second is that the south and north façades are organized in a 45-degree composition. The top of the south and north façades of the third is concave 45 degrees to cut the holes dug in, which is the operation of the anti-quantity body.

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

 Image © Feng-Kuo Huang

4. The Central space

The sunny central part integrates a complete four-way facade. The exterior of each individual body of the building is raised with balconies, shading elements and recessed shaded spaces.

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

 Image © Feng-Kuo Huang

5. Indoor Atrium

One of the interior atriums is a multi-purpose open space, where the 45-degree folded panels of the handrail are used to form a sculptural space integrating the wooden folded panel ceiling.

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

 Image © Ke-Fung Liou

6. The illusion

In the real space, the difference in the position of the human body, the way of viewing and the stairs form another illusion. The two sets of stairs on the sixth floor are in a 45-degree staggered shape, and they are placed on the large roof. This is the concept of coordinate system inversion. 

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan


Image © Yuen-Lun Tsai  

 Image © Ke-Fung Liou 

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

East view. Image © Yuen-Lun Tsai

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

South view. Image © Yuen-Lun Tsai

M House:  Works of Art and New Architecture in Taiwan

South view. Image © Yuen-Lun Tsai

Project facts

Project name: M House 

Location: Yuanlin City, mid Taiwan

Design period: 2016-2020

Construction period: Nov. 2018- Aug. 2022 (major construction) 2023 (interior)

Architect/Designer: Ke-Fung Liou 

General contractor: Wei Xiang Construction Co., Ltd.

Building system: R.C. + Steel structure 

Top image in the article © Yuen-Lun Tsai.

Photography © Feng-Kuo Huang, Ke-Fung Liou, Yueh-Lun Tsai unless otherwise stated.

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