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  5. Ray Chen + Partners Architects
  6. 2016
  7. Hotel Proverbs Taipei / Ray Chen + Partners Architects

Hotel Proverbs Taipei / Ray Chen + Partners Architects

  • 20:00 - 7 March, 2017
Hotel Proverbs Taipei / Ray Chen + Partners Architects
Hotel Proverbs Taipei / Ray Chen + Partners Architects, © Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio

© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio © Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio © Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio © Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio + 32

© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio

Text description provided by the architects. The site of Hotel Proverbs is located at the heart of Taipei City central where the MRT, night market, department stores, public park and densely occupied apartments create a vibrant and busy area 24-7. To take full advantage of – and to mediate – this lively and yet extremely intricate urban condition, the building splits diagonally into two parts: the upper 42 hotel rooms and the lower hotel amenities. The lower part is pushed back from the park side to make space for the trees indigenous to the site. The upper part, on the other hand, is shifted forward to lean into the park while maintaining an accommodating distance from the apartments closely situated behind the hotel.

© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio

Between these two volumes, there is a stepping void linking a bakery, a restaurant, the hotel reception, the lounge bar and an outdoor cigar terrace at different levels, creating one flowing and continuous space. This void, by day, brings in light, air and the vibrant street life to its guests, luring them out to the cityscape or sit by the balcony to take them in. At night, the chandeliers hanging high above the grand dining hall add a subtle touch of glamour as well as an interesting contrast to the busy night market layered in the background. 

© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio

Taking on two challenges with one solution was the best part of the project: designing a small 42-room hotel with a mixed and overwhelming environment; and creating a luxurious entity to quietly contrast the crowded, busy night market.

Section - Elevation
Section - Elevation

The black, metal screen façade veils the main volume and communicates between its two seemingly contradicting spaces. It serves as a strong signature to the architecture, allowing the building to shad itself, while guarding its guests’ privacy. The openings of the screen are oriented in such a way that allows people from afar to see through but gradually blinds the view in when one approaches.  The design aims to encourage its guests to truly experience the local life, while enjoying the exclusive quality stay the hotel has to offer.

© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Hotel Proverbs Taipei / Ray Chen + Partners Architects" 07 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/806434/hotel-proverbs-taipei-ray-chen-plus-partners-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Takahiro Nedachi / Shawn Liu Studio

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