Taiwan   |  2021

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

The Great Flowing River

Entrant Company

Mori Design Group Co. Ltd.

Category

Interior Design

Client's Name

Private

Sub-Category

Residential

The façade of the building, made of Seves glass tiles manufactured in Italy, reflects the sparkling clear water of the river, thereby ushering the beautiful riverbank scenery into the building itself. What’s more, by means of Japanese SA fair-faced concrete, an intertwinement of the East and the West makes this structure unique and exceptional. The concepts of flowing water and time are transformed into ever-changing, free rhythm in the space. The designing team, inspired by the father of music Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier (“The Old Testament” of the piano), combines it with the visual construction of black and white piano keys. A theme is thus highlighted, which in turn presents an avant-garde, smooth and harmonious rhythm. The project boasts a fantastic river view. Its metal ceiling of ripple patterns echoes the scenery outdoors, copying the ripples in the river perfectly and thus linking the interior and the great outdoors, shaping a harmonious and melodious vibe. An abundance of mirror and light and shadow inside not only serves to make the space look even bigger, but presents different countenances with the changes in the natural environment. The designing team takes great pains to reorganize the layout, expanding the open-plan public area by making the dining-cooking section cover around one-fifth of the entire space so as to meet the homeowner’s needs of entertaining guests. A large straight plate of stainless steel goes from the center of the bar island, forming an image of black and white piano keys and playing a resonant sonata that echoes the gurgling water overflowing on the ripple ceiling.The lighting design is another visual highlight. The building itself enjoys ample natural light that works well with such materials as glass and mirrors. Recessed lights on the ceiling and the walls replace a major light fixture. With accurate calculation, a balanced overall illumination makes the space perfectly habitable. Special ripple patterns on the mirrors, paired with natural light and special lighting, create an underwater setting in the open-concept space.

Credits

Designer
Chien, Chih-Hung
Design Director
Chen, Shih-Yu
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