Circumambulating at Home 居.迴遊

When the cocoon of an ambulatory comfort encompasses a home, the changing landscapes are bond together and constitute a concrete, sensorial space like the experience of wandering along a scenic path. People stay, wander, expand and withdraw in the same dimensional finitude of the accommodation. Days go by and come back, like a returning cycle of extended space, out of which the residents are able to compose a living landscape.


Strolling in circle, or circumambulation, is the main concept of this residential design. We hope to create a sense of place within the limited floor area. On both the vertical and parallel dimensions, the “ambulatory” surrounding the living room preserves and encompasses the space for the freedom of unobstructed walking. The division of space enables the clear distinction between shared and private spaces. The total area of the shared spaces is larger than the private one, providing the families more places to get together. The four bedrooms are integrated on the same plane, leaving the rest of the floor to the living room, the kitchen and the entrance porch. The opening at the entrance extends all the way to the vista of the balcony, where the light pours in. At the turn of the corner, the circulation leads to the private life of the bedrooms and baths. The sweeping gesture extends into the kitchen and continues to the outer “ring” of the unit. The relationships between inside and outside and between entrance and exit of the residence are in harmony yet unrestricted with the human movements.


Different materials of the floor define the fixed and flowing spaces, the subtle distinction in lingering at and moving through different places. The herring-bond wood tiles at the front entrance and the gray marble paving of the living room make an ambiguous color palette. The white quartz tiles of the rear pathway reveal the landscape of another path. It accommodates the striated color of the large white wall and the ceilings, while introducing the gray marble wall of the dining room. The transversal sections in varied sizes are balanced by the stabilizing elements of the hidden cabinet behind the large wall, integrating the post-and-lintel system. The intervals of embedded light tubes intercept our visions. The large posts register the functionality of the porch and the living room. The dissected light beam becomes the boundary in which darkness hides and moves.