Phoebe Wen and Shihhwa Hung of PhoebeSayswow Architects were presented with a unique challenge: design a prototype for an affordable gender-neutral guest house that can be adapted to different metropolitan areas. To create a space that checked all those boxes, they had to focus on flexibility. The just over 350-square-foot apartment is located in the Muzha district of Taipei and features three levels. The architects connected all three spaces with a storage wall that lines one entire side of the home.
They kept the materials simple, opting for birchwood and white square tiles. Cherry pink grout adds a bit of fun to the otherwise minimalist design. They also devised a rolling steel staircase from the living area to the bedroom. The finished design combines all the requirements into a bright, livable space that will hopefully be popping up in cities around the world.