層之家 / House F



‘House F’ located in a lively downtown alley, surrounded by densely populated residential area in Tainan, a cultural city in southern Taiwan. This site oriented north-south direction, while the building gets west exposure under tropical afternoon sun as a challenge, it also has a magnificent view of urban greenery and wide open view to the city as an advantage.



This building layout represented a stereotypical challenge of traditional single-family residence in Taiwan, on the ground floor functional staircase dominated the core of interior and caused issues on ventilation, lighting and disconnection between spaces.With this challenge in mind, the team reprogrammed interior layout and enabled dwellers to flow though various sequential spaces and connected this living experience to surrounding urban fabric. This continuum formed a new sequential sense of dimension and experience of home.


Concept_ Intertwined layers and partitions

During the process of renovation, we redefined concept of a wall. Derived from the idea of separating in and out, we used different materials or shapes as the medium/walls between spaces to create variations of depth and layers in space.

空間概念 _ 在間隔中環繞的層


Aperture defined by these medium/walls leads each circulation movement though levels of transparencies, sometimes concrete, glass or sometimes even as an aperture on floor that guides dweller to explore this place with uninterrupted flow. These circulation arrangements not only connected each unique space to another, but also allowed dwellers to associate their environment to emotional state with every turn and view.

With purposefully intertwined program spaces like living room, kitchen, sundeck or attic, each dweller can either share or spare moments on their own. Here, “layer” to us, is a process of keep connecting and transforming among human, space and environment.



Introducing breath of fresh air is one important task. After renovation, circulation of air flow has been significantly improved by reorganizing bath, sundeck and organic shaped rooms. The new layout allows each room to have ventilation windows for natural breeze from horizontal direction; the apertures between floors, also increases vertical aero dynamic and effectively refreshes air flow within the building.




Additional two meters of space set a sequential setback from sundeck, staircase and a framing wall at the western facade, this is build to resolve the problem of western exposure under tropical afternoon sun. This generous sundeck not only harvests sun and dries clothes effectively, but also lighten up the bathroom while keeping privacy and reduces humidity. It also made this meridional house to catch light from west side, turning the disadvantage of the western exposure as an advantage to improve lighting condition and microclimate of this building.




Project Information

Project Name: 層之家 / House F

Location: Tainan City , Taiwan

Architect Office: Urbanwasabi

Lead Architect:Fang Wei

Completion Year: 2014


Photographer:Lee Yun Chen , Weng Jo Ting


都市山葵建築設計工作室由方瑋(Fang Wei /Cooper)於2011創立,方瑋於東海建築研究所畢業前後,先後修業於東京小嶋一浩與赤松佳珠子C+A-Coelacanth and Associates與藤本壯介建築設計事務所 Sou Fujimoto Architects,目前任教於成功大學與逢甲大學建築系。都市山葵建築設計工作室近期作品有雲之家、木之家、隱形村落藝廊(勤美術館)、波的座標、黑色東方(陳澄波 澄海波瀾東亞巡迴展)、層之家、雲柱:北美館一城七街、Shape House、Shape Stacking、SHOP!SHOP、Fab Cafe Taipei、House Collective in Tainan。

都市山葵 / URBANWASABI一複合字,經常介於人造與自然,是建築也如同植物的抽象具象之間,期待在環境之中的創作,不斷以新的空間體驗為主題,創造出有如山葵之於日本料理的絕妙靈魂佐味,令人回味無窮的建築。

Urbanwasabi Studio Information

Urbanwasabi was established by Fang Wei in 2011. Fan Wei graduated from the graduate School of Architecture of Tunghai University, before starting Urbanwasabi he also had studied and worked in C+A-Coelacanth and Associates and Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo. Currently he is also an adjunct lecturer at the department of architecture of National Cheng Kung University and FengChia University. Recent work done by Urbanwasabi includes: ‘House of Cloud’, ‘House of Wood’, ‘Invisible Village Gallery’ (AKA Qin Museum) in Taichung, ‘Wave Coordinates ’, ‘Black Orient’, ‘House of Terraces’, ‘Cloud Pillars: Taipei Art Museum; Shape House、Shape Stacking、SHOP!SHOP、Fab Cafe Taipei、House Collective in Tainan.

The compound word “URBANWASABI” shows the relation between artefacts and nature, and the relation between architecture and plants. We keep creating new space experiences, trying to create architecture that gives people lingering aftertaste, just like the soulfulspirit of wasabi in Japanese food.

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