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A light-filled home nestled in Taiwan’s Xinyi District, the KOA Apartment was designed by Marty Chou Architecture to reflect a family’s desire to inhabit a home pared down to the bare essentials, one free of the norm and defined by their notion of a minimal, atypical lifestyle.

The 90-square meter volume (968 sq. feet) is an airy open space, free of visual clutter by cabinets subtly hidden in the walls. The central element of the home is a 3.5 meter countertop, anchoring the activities of daily life around it.

Along the length of the apartment’s floor-to-ceiling windows are strips of recessed cabinetry that run perpendicular to the glazing, creating spaces used as sleeping quarters. Pocket doors allow these rooms to either join or retreat from the rest of the home.

A subdued material and color palette manifests the minimalist aesthetic of the home. Like a modern gallery, KOA House is adorned in light wood floors and plain white walls, around which woodblock benches and stone slab-like furnishings stand out like sculptural pieces: a calm, blank canvas ready to be painted by the colorful comings and goings of daily life.  

Founded in 2013 by Marty Chou, the Taipei-based studio has focused its practice on creating architecture that embraces the art of clarity and simplicity. Their projects have been widely published and awarded locally and internationally. Follow them on Instagram

Other projects in Taiwan include this minimalist traditional terrace house and a seaside home that’s pretty in pink.

KOA Apartment Marty Chou Architecture Taiwan
KOA Apartment Marty Chou Architecture Taiwan
KOA Apartment Marty Chou Architecture Taiwan
KOA Apartment Marty Chou Architecture Taiwan
KOA Apartment Marty Chou Architecture Taiwan

Photography © Kyle Yu Photo for Marty Chou Architecture

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