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A Classic Two and a Half-Story House in Taiwan Gets a Modern Intervention

08.11.16 | By
A Classic Two and a Half-Story House in Taiwan Gets a Modern Intervention

Blank is a project designed by HAO Design in Pingtung City, Taiwan that renovated a classic two and a half story home typical of early design in Taiwan. With this type of floor plan, the mezzanine is often removed as it interrupts the flow of the staircase and lighting.

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HAO Design choose to work with it by removing the walls that blocked the mezzanine from the ground floor. Now, the 1.5-story feels open and bright.

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Underneath the mezzanine is the minimalist kitchen that features a large framed window by the dining area. The window ledge becomes seating for one side of the table.

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The staircase was moved from the front of the house to the back where the old kitchen used to be.

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Above the staircase, they installed a translucent material in place of the roofing to light the space.

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The mezzanine level was turned into an open library.

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The top floor houses the master bedroom with an open bathroom.

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The surfaces of the open bathroom are wood giving the space a sense of warmth.

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Photos by Hey!Cheese.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.