|Project Name||12M||Posted in||Interior Design||Location||
|Design Studio||Wei Yi International Design Associates||Area (sqm)||280||Completed||July 2022|
In the world of interior design, soulful minimalism is a tricky style to pin down let alone successfully pull off. Taipei and Shanghai-based Wei Yi International Design Associates has a talent for exactly that: creating starkly minimalist interiors that are nevertheless imbued with a poetic sensibility, as their latest residential project in Taipei, Taiwan, attests. Conceived as a peaceful retreat from the bustling city centre where it’s located, “12M” is a renovated apartment that takes its name from the 12-metre curved wall that seamlessly connects the living areas on the one side of the property with the private quarters on the other. Underpinned by a muted colour palette of white, grey and black, the starkly minimalist interiors belie a dynamic spatial composition, contrasting textures, and a laser-focused attention to detail in a soulful scheme that reflects the owner’s personality.
A solitary person by nature, the property’s owner requested a meditative abode where he could find refuge from the city as well as entertain friends. In response, the team divided the apartment into a public and private zone that effortlessly flow into each other by way of the titular 12-metre-long curved wall. The wall’s gentle curvature facilitates the transition between the light-filled, open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area to the atmospheric master bedroom via a vestibule-cum-corridor, as well as softens the overall rectilinear design language.
The predominance of concrete surfaces in combination with the muted colour palette of white and grey hues underlines the designers’ minimalist approach as do clean-cut lines, minimalist trimmings, and impeccably designed, contemporary furnishings. A series of discrete cubic volumes and protruding planes introduce a sculptural sensibility, made all the more pronounced by the monochromatic colour scheme, while a variety of finishes and textures - from polished cement, to board-form concrete, to rough stucco - create a rich spatial tapestry. The addition of charred wood, natural wood and metal accents further enhance this tapestry as well as artfully echo the Fir wood stamped concrete walls and ceilings.
The open-plan layout of the living room is carried on into the master bedroom where the sleeping area, bathroom and dressing room form discrete yet interconnected zones. Placed in the centre of the room, the bed takes on an almost ceremonial role surrounded by a large window, a free-standing wardrobe behind which is the dressing room and a wooden bench that slips under the bathroom vanity, the latter leading to the bathroom area. Hardwood floors and stucco surfaces imbue the bedroom with a more mellow ambience compared with the concrete-dominant public areas while retaining the project’s austere profile.