Boundary Apartment by Wei Yi International

Boundary Apartment is a clean industrial apartment located in Taiwan, designed in 2017 by Wei Yi International.

A modern, minimalist living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek furniture, and a bold color palette.
Minimalist living room with sleek concrete walls, cozy gray sofa, and a patterned area rug.
Minimalist living room with gray sofa, marble coffee table, and sleek black shelving.
Minimalist living room with concrete walls, black furniture, and a vibrant pink accent.
Minimalist dining area with dark blue accent wall, concrete flooring, and pendant lighting.
Modern minimalist bedroom with sleek gray walls, floating nightstands, and indirect lighting.
Modern, minimalist bathroom with sleek gray tiles, recessed shelves, and a large shower.
Sleek gray bathroom with built-in shelves, rainfall showerhead, and minimalist toilet.

About Boundary Apartment

Overview of Design Philosophy

Since ancient times, the wealthy have faced a choice: flaunt their riches or maintain a low profile. This choice often reflects their personal outlook on life. For one wealthy, experienced elder, “home” represents a fine balance and a soothing environment—a true sanctuary.

Color Selection and Material Usage

Traditionally, red, yellow, and blue are colors associated with royalty, with red and yellow often being more popular. However, the designers chose blue for this project to reflect the owner’s state of contentment, focusing more on spiritual rather than material wealth.

In the structural space, designers frequently use materials in shades of gray, such as exposed cement and gray-black veneer. These materials, along with other low-brightness, low-chroma colors, create a look of flawed perfection and irregular order. Ultimately, whether something is perfect depends on one’s personal standards, as does their inner peace and worldly concerns.

Spatial Design and Symbolism

The entrance leads into the dining area, where a large blue wall, shaped like the Chinese character “ㄇ”, displays varying shades through irregularly layered lacquer bumps. The wall not only divides the space but also acts as a spiritual boundary, separating everyday life from a purer existence.

Incorporating Philosophical Elements

From a technical standpoint, the design embraces modern rationality as its core principle. Yet, it also captures the essence of “Zen” and “Wabi-Sabi”, drawing from Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist influences. The simplicity of Song Dynasty aesthetics plays a crucial role in the detail work throughout the space.

The Role of Inhabitants in Design

Ultimately, a living space should not merely serve as a playground for designers. It should also express the deep-seated feelings and preferences of its inhabitants.

Photography by Hey! Cheese

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- by Matt Watts