Accomplishing precisely this with color and class Ganna Design turned a 30-year old house in Taiwan into a gorgeous and engaging modern home. Inspired by those multi-colored windows that one sees in churches and the choices of the homeowner’s two little daughters there is no shortage of vibrant richness inside.
Inspired both by the architectural roots of the house and contemporary trends the new structure aims to bring together the present and the past in a cheerful and seamless fashion. A private entry through the courtyard leads to the main living area even while leading you through a lovely reflecting pool that is connected with the swimming pool. The use of large retractable glass doors ensures that every room in the house is visually connected with the courtyard and the outdoor lounge. If you have seen the timeless design of Case Study House #22 you will quickly notice the inevitable parallels!
Concrete plays a pivotal role in shaping the house and giving it a refined industrial style even as a cedar-clad accent wall offers visual contrast and inviting warmth. A spiral staircase leads to the top level that holds the kids’ rooms on one side and the master suite on the other connected by a concrete and glass bridge.
Even though the original timber frame from the barn was utilized for the new rustic home it was completely draped in that also make up the roof as well. A polished concrete slab with a radiant heating system makes up the floor of the house and also offers an elevated platform.
The street façade of the house offers complete privacy with a wooden wall and entrance surrounded by trees and shrubs keeping away any prying eyes. The interior is split into two wings with one housing the public areas and the other containing a series of bedrooms and bathrooms.