‘while facing the renovation of a historical building, our first intention is to ‘re-specify’ the initial gestures of the space in order to remain the condition for the traces of time could be experienced.’B+P architects

 

this traditional building in taipei has been renovated and rehabilitated to accommodate a dry-goods store, bakery, gallery space and the owners home. the project named ‘inverted truss’ links to the impressive timber ceiling system that has been used to shape the new spaces within.

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the new elements of the scheme is introduced by B+P architects as a complex timber truss frame which simultaneously serves as furniture, storage and display units. it is also designed to support the display shelf and envelop the wiring of lighting and air-conditioning units. this free-standing structure of japanese cypress is most evident in the ground floor retail space and responds to the architect’s concept of minimizing the restructuring of the historic space. in addition, re-using original materials that are already existing highlights the idea of minimal intervention and this is emphasized throughout the rest of the levels.

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the ground floor is used for a grain store

 

 

the scheme is inhabited by the yeh family on the top floor and their space is one of the many grain stores located on the street. the existing furniture and grain equipment has been relocated to the back space to give focus to the historic context. besides the gentle explicit response of the form, the connection of materials and textures is also our design thinking towards a historic building.

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the japanese cypress wood system extends into display units for the store

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the connection of materials and textures links back to the original building

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lighting and air conditioning has been discreetly hidden into the truss system

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storage is located at the rear

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the inserted structure barely touches the existing fabric

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private staircase leads up to the upper levels

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gallery and seminar space

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the joint system is reminiscent to japanese techniques

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the façade still shows the traditional brick face seem also in the other shops on the street

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