Taichung Hotel

In mid-2014 we were approached by a client representative to test our interest in working abroad on a conversion of an existing derelict, 1950 building into a boutique hotel. The Client engaged with us to produce a concept design and lead the creative direction of the existing building.

After visiting the site in Taichung city, Taiwan our instinct in our approach was to embrace the decay and character of the dilapidated structure. In a city which was becoming glassier /ant taller we saw an opportunity to embrace the character of these buildings. We worked together with the local Taichung team to realize our concept.

The hotel was designed and built into the original concrete building, boasting a raw, industrial style with exposed concrete ceilings and pillars. Set into the façade bays, wild planted gardens buffer the rooms from the streets. Rooms are conceived as dark shells with accent of natural timber furniture elements. Internally a large void that the client wanted to fill in is embraced and covered to provide a central light well and garden.