XYI DESIGN Office
Square feet: 75㎡
Materials: Iron, one-way mirror, gray mirror, Hinoki Cypress, plywood,marble,stainless steel
There are many capable companies which are often undiscovered in alleys of Taipei. They are even so secret that you couldn't find a way to them. We hope to express a low-key, practical and simple concept like the literal meaning of "hidden valley", that is, an innovation reappears after frustration.
The base refers to an old house in an alley of Da'an District, Taipei. It is a lengthwise building established in 1960s – 1970s. In front of it, there lies a valley whose width is less than 3m; behind it, there lies a 1.5m wide fire-fighting alley with poor day lighting. However, we like that kind of times for it gives us illusion of time staying. In Taipei where the land values a lot, most people will always enlarge the functional space of the house as much as possible. However, we will dismantle the old garage to leave room for the front yard where ornamental plants and ecological environment are set to make the turning alleys and dense houses breathe and employees convert their moods when going or getting off work. Frangipani in front of the door, messerschmidia argentea and ecological pool outside the conference room make the Taipei green in summer and Buddha-like in winter; all these things together with the light fragrance of hinoki on the door make materials themselves a kind of design language. We remove the old rain awning and only keep the conference room; the new exposed H-shape steel serves as structural beam to support the roof of conference room. We go to factories and purchase the remaining abandoned hinoki materials which are then cut in-to 50mm wide pieces and collaged in an angle of 45 degrees – exactly the included angle of the Company's LOGO; in doing so, we show our respect for the collage design popular in 1980s and make the design re-turn to handwork and material sense, which is not just pursuing of innovation.
2012 INTERIOR DESIGN(CHINA) AWARD-Best Office design