Residential, High-Rise Residential
Peace Palace, located nearby the greenbelt of Taichung's New City Hall district, is deemed a "high-end luxury mansion" in the real estate market. It is a 19-story, duplex residential high-rise building with a space of 481.8 m2 for each unit. Except for the basic requirements of excellent location, exquisite building materials and high construction quality, both the client and architect hope to convey a life value of "wealth within propriety" as well as high design and an active lifestyle. The philosophy behind this design is represented in the building’s name– Modesty, Steadiness and Peace. Hence, starting from the design planning stage, we not only deliberated on the physical plan, but also conceptualized the possibilities of a so-called Extra-luxurious mansion, from the structure through to the finest detail.
The clientele of this kind of luxury apartment complex generally have successful careers and a high standard of living. They also have their own individual interpretation on how to organize their lives. Thus, the provision of a flexible living space was a priority in the floor planning stage. To achieve this, we applied the following strategy.
Consistency represents inner balance. The symmetrical central axis in the floor plan recalls the rules of classical aesthetics. The neo-classical style, and its implicit emphasis on harmony are spontaneously referenced in the following design elements.
We set out to define real needs and deep values; to evolve a design from the initial concept that still adheres to relevant regulations; to re-deliberate the space layer, the dimensions and the proportions.
Spacious does not only mean the actual size of the space, more importantly, it connotes how the space impresses itself on the user. Thus, we tried to create an obvious character for each space—to distinguish spatial hierarchy through transition, the compression of space, and the differentiation of functionality. This is how the impression of depth and spatial layering is created.
We conclude by citing two celebrated dictums of Renzo Piano:
「Architecture is a service.」
「Architects are people who know how to make houses for people.」