The 10-year-old apartment with two storeys measures 54.6 m2 was firstused as an office and once converted into a living unit for a singleperson.Its new ownersare a young couple with a one-year-old child. In central Taipei, 55m2 might be luxury for one occupant, butstill miniature for a three-member family. The baby's growth wastaken into consideration in the renovation for it would change their needsa lot in the next 10 years.
The parti of the space is quite simple. The upper layer is for private spaces, and the lower layer is for communal living. Each floor is roughly a 3.6m x 7.2m rectangle whichwas divided into two main square areas, and further, subdivided into different functions by thesliding doorsto reduce the interference to each other and save the use of air-conditioning in hot summer days.
On the first floor, half the space was the living room with dining function; the other half contains a long kitchen, a bathroom and a staircase which is also the main storage of the apartment. It includes drawers and a closet that could be accessed from the kitchen, a deep cabinet that could be opened from the landing, and storage spacebehind the movable wall of the living room.
On the second floor, the staircase is surrounded by wardrobes and bookcases which define the bedrooms ofthe parents and kid and a long study area is between the two bedrooms for the owners who often work from home.Considering that as the baby grows up, an independent kid’s room mightbenecessary, a sliding door was reserved between the bookcases to divide the study area toallow each member to have an undisturbedspace when necessary, and share the space together at other times.