A 'Micro' House With a Gender-Neutral Design in Taipei

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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.

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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.

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Living Room

Double-height windows illuminate the entire apartment, which was completed on a $40,000 budget. The steel stairs to the mezzanine is on wheels to give access to the built-in storage.

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Dining Room

A BoConcept table and chairs are the centerpiece of the lower level dining area/kitchen. The architects wanted the apartment to have a variety of seating areas for entertaining.

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Kitchen

The compact kitchen is contained in one wall on the lower level. Birchwood was chosen to add warmth to the apartment.

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Bedroom

The architects kept the lofted bedroom simple. Placing the bed on the floor helps make the ceilings feel higher.

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Bedroom

Built-in storage lines the opposite end of the bedroom.

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Bathroom

The bathroom's tile was also used as the flooring in the dining area and on the steps from the living area, which can double as bench seating.

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