This project is located in Yilan, in the midst of rice paddies, with its stern architectural exterior reflecting a sense of respect towards the land and environment. As the concealing black being the most humble gesture towards nature, a black barn in the Yilan prairie has its own intimate dialogue with the mountains and fields; being low-profile yet visible is of its naturalistic purity, with nostalgia of true meaning of life. The owners are 3 brothers and sisters in the fashion business who hope to utilize the farmland in their hometown, while condensing their perspective life experiences in this collaborative business venture of a coffee-themed Bed & Breakfast, and sharing their mindset of quality of life.
This is a three-story building with consistent planning throughout the entire building and its interior, following along the beautiful landscape contour and site condition so as to define the orientation and elevation design of the building, hence echoing the design principle of “Form Follows Function”.
Through the simple black volume of a distinctive landmark, its geometric exterior and irregular-shaped window-opening indicating the rich possibility of the interior, triggering much imagination and incentives for further exploration; the special window openings also frame the best view of the landscape with the changing of seasons.
The southern and western sides of the building with larger window area were designed to allow natural lighting into the interior, whereas the eastern and northern sides were given smaller windows for shielding northeasterly winter wind; furthermore, for the windows on the southern elevation, 2 windowopening angles of 60 ° and 90 ° were designed for establishing a dynamic elevation, as natural light pours in and create an even richer interplay of light and shadow, while paying attention to the visual depth and perception changes caused by angles of window opening.
The interior space mainly consists of coffee shop and staying accommodation, with an enormous barn door, 4.5 meter in height, and 4 meter in width, as the architectural symbol of the Black House, and also serving as the entrance of the first floor café space, where its gigantic wooden sliding door can be moved to the main glass entrance of the house for safety reason, in the occasion of typhoons.
The golden off-axis orange metal door on the northern side of the building is the entrance to the accommodation wing of the building, and upon entry, the wall in sight was decorated with all kinds of hangers, as a creative gesture, as well as visual humor, from the fashion enthusiast owner, a prelude to the spatial exploration.
建物的南面與西面以較大面積的開窗作為主要採光面，而東側和北側由於並非受光面，且為了阻隔冬季的東北季風，因此設計較小開窗；此外，於南向立面設計一個60 °及一個90 °的開窗角度，建構充滿動感的屋面形式，陽光透入時所產生的光影更為豐富，同時也關照到人們於室內藉由角窗形成的視野和感受變化。室內空間主要分為咖啡選物店及住宿旅店，建築物的東面以一樘高4.5 米、寬4 米的巨大穀倉門作為 「黑宅」的建築意象，同時也是一樓咖啡選物店的入口，如穀倉般的巨大滑軌木門亦是因應地理環境特色而設計，當颱風來襲時可移動至房子主要的玻璃入口處，確保安全。位於建築物的北面亮橘色的金屬偏軸門則為住宿旅店的入口,開門即可見到旅店梯廳內佈置著由各式衣架裝飾的牆面，透露著學習時裝設計的屋主品味提供絕佳的視覺趣味，也作為空間探索的序曲。
An ecological viewing stream was created from an existing irrigation channel for the rice paddies; Window openings planned according to building orientation, sun path and wind condition, for optimized occupant comfort level and energy conservation; The undecorated interior materials are all of genuine materials, along with recycled old timber made into beams and columns, bar bench and long dining table in the kitchen.
The first floor is the café and reception area, with 6 bedrooms spreading across the second and third floors. As the entrances to the café and bedroom quarters are independently designated, the staffs enjoy separate and flowing circulation paths so as to allow each area and floors to function adequately without interference with one another, and maintaining privacy for the visitors. The split-level design on the second and third floors create spatially demarcated units in the elongated space generated dynamic circulation paths and layered spatiality.
The interior space was endowed with genuine timber materials exhibiting unique colors through weathering and aging, while exhibiting elegant and humble materiality through steel-brushed oak, black ironwork, aged tiles and leather, articulating the serenity and beauty of the farm life for the visitors.
Source from 齊作設計