Minimalist Residence With Wabi-Sabi Aesthetics

This gorgeous Taiwanese residence is done with wabi sabi aesthetics and traditional Japanese features

This gorgeous Taiwanese residence is done with wabi-sabi aesthetics and traditional Japanese features

Located in the verdant Beitou Hot Spring area at the foot of Taipei’s Datun Mountains in Taiwan, “Din-a-ka” is a minimalist residence designed by Wei Yi International Design Associates. Its name is translated into English as a ‘covered walkway’, which used to be a space of social exchange found in rural areas. The architects incorporated the aesthetic sophistication of the Chinese Song dynasty and traditional Japanese aesthetics into modernist architecture drawing inspiration from the surroundings.

The natural scenery is reflected in the selection of materials that dominate the interiors: recycled wood and exposed concrete, as well as the use of terrazzo and tatami, a Japanese type of mat made from rice straw. The palette of weathered timber, board-formed concrete and exposed cement reflects the abundant natural resources of the area but also embody “wabi-sabi”. The house turned out to be airy, comfortable and welcoming, and gorgeous views were integrated into the decor with a folding wall in the living room and glass walls in other rooms.

Sparsely furnished by an eclectic selection of modernist and contemporary pieces, the interior décor of the residence adheres to a minimalist elegance which channels the clean lines, simple shapes and sparse decoration of the Song dynasty that reigned in China from the 10th to the 13th centuries before the advent of the more elaborate designs of the Ming dynasty. This kind of nostalgic minimalism that looks to the past while embracing the present, succinctly serves the designers’ mission to create a home for a senior couple and their memories.

The color palette is restraint and there's some colorful furniture and cool views featured

The color palette is restraint and there's some colorful furniture and cool views featured

Timber, concrete and cement are used for decorating to embrace the nature around and highlight the minimalist feel

Timber, concrete and cement are used for decorating to embrace the nature around and highlight the minimalist feel

Look at these weathered wood and concrete walls lit up with LEDs, isn't it wow

Look at these weathered wood and concrete walls lit up with LEDs, isn't it wow

The storage items are closed ones to declutter the spaces

The storage items are closed ones to declutter the spaces

The living room is opened to outdoors with a folding glass wall

The living room is opened to outdoors with a folding glass wall

This is a meditation room with a gorgeous natural view and traditional Japanese mats on the floor

This is a meditation room with a gorgeous natural view and traditional Japanese mats on the floor

The master bedroom is a peaceful and cozy space with a large bed and rough concrete walls

The master bedroom is a peaceful and cozy space with a large bed and rough concrete walls

The master bathroom is done with stone and there's a large sunken bathtub

The master bathroom is done with stone and there's a large sunken bathtub

The meditation room was required by the clients to enjoy relaxation

The meditation room was required by the clients to enjoy relaxation

The balcony also features comfortable furniture

The balcony also features comfortable furniture

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