Delineated Beauty

Taiwanese Design Studio Waterfrom draws inspiration from Mies and Le Corbusier to design a well-circulated, open floor layout for this residence


The project ‘le plan libre’ when loosely translated into English means ‘the free plan.’ Following closely the philosophy and principles of the Architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Taiwanese-firm Waterfrom Design has designed this beautiful space; the layout of the house can be described as free-flowing and unobstructed in sight and movement.


On Mies’ proposed and self-styled “Skin and bones architecture”, the design firm attempts to keep all structure exposed with two long horizontal sliding windows. While delineating the spacious floor of the house and inviting ample natural light, the exposed frame and glass continues to blur the line between the indoor and outdoor. room

The cube that extends from the facade is an intermediary space between indoor and outdoor. The stainless steel reflects the blue sky and merges the architecture with nature. On the roof garden, the designers have created a sink in the shape of giant milk box, which is toppled and sprinkled on a pool of grass.


Pursuing the principle of Le Corbusier’s 5 points of new architecture, the neat facade with natural texture of material is used. For the atrium of 4m x 4m scale, the designers have exposed the beam that intersects the structure. To continue the principle, the team tried separating the load-bearing columns from the walls subdividing the space. The column which then wrapped in stainless steel and carrara marble becomes the visual points in the space. The circulation on the second floor flows in the shape of a square, across two bedrooms, a study room and a game room.

The floor in garage is combined with three kinds of tile that varies in scale and shape. At the far-end of the garage lies a beautiful skylight that highlights the linear beauty of modernism.


Project Details:

Designer: Waterfrom Design

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Area: 726 sq m

Material:limestone, bianco carrara, titanium plating, ceramic, stainless, oak

Design Period:July 2011 ~ Mar 2012

Construction Period:Mar 2012 ~ Oct 2013


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