似逸 is a house that I designed and planned with my parents. The original state of the house was basically an empty building with plastered concrete walls. Warm, quiet, simple, and natural were the first few words that popped up in my mind at the beginning of this project. In response to that, we were dedicated to bring the design down to the essense of what’s necessary and meaningful from our hearts.
“似逸” is pronounced as sìyì in Mandarin.
It sounds like our door number: #41.
It translats in English as “seems cozy”,
which simple defines the spirit of our ideal house.
The flow weaves seamlessly from inside to outside, the house is surrounded by the garden, or the other way around.
The garden and the house merge into one harmonious composition, creating a sense of depth throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Because it is incredibly important to have nature involved with daily lives, we plant a lush garden that grow coherently with the architecture.
Each room has a view into the garden, to make sure that green plants are always in our sights waking up every morning.
We tore down the old rooftop and built a large platform on the second floor, which opens up the view into the landscape while offering
an outdoor gathering space for families and friends. To ensure privacy, the platform is surrounded by the trees planted in the garden,
which form a series of natural screens between us and our neighbors.
We eliminate unnecessary elements to maintain an unimpeded line of sight across the building.
To accentuate the vitality in our life, we set a warm earthy tone as the base and added a touch of colors that we love.
We envision a diverse palette for the interior space, which will be gradually filled with a variety of furniture and objects.
We deconstructed the original structure of the basement,
and extended the area with a high ceiling that covers the entire floor plan of the house.
There are five light wells in different sizes scattered across the ceiling, bringing in as much sunlight as possible.
We all have dedicated workspaces for our own creative works, including painting, writing, and woodworking.
The open space also functions as a gallery, which allows us to display our works and the objects and pictures that we collected from the past.
We celebrate the bathroom as a spiritual place for us to rejuvenate.
We intended to maintain the high ceiling to embrace spaciousness.
As for the master bathroom, we colored the shower area in green while leaving the rest in black.
Tiled with green crystal mosaic, the wall glistens in the light like an emerald.
All the photos above were taken by the end of 2022. New furniture, plants and every objects had been introduced to the house since we moved in early 2023.
Hanging out with friends in the living room in the summer of 2023.