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On the Way Home

Competition to Determine What Makes a Home 


Work Type: Team of Two
Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Mentor: None

Role in Team: Research, Conceptual Design, Collage Perspectives, Isometrics, Technical Drawings, 3D Modelling, Unit Prototypes Design

What Exactly Generates the Feeling of Being Home?

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We considered familiarity with objects, people, or scenes around a person as the definition of “home.” Sometimes these familiarities have to be taken as a whole, and sometimes they can be separated. The feeling of being home is not certainly private; some things that evoke a sense of home are shared with others. For example, the familiar smell in a market where people routinely pass by suggests the fact that those who live in the same area are back home.  

Home is more than just a box with tables, beds, and other furniture. On the contrary, home is an experiential domain that is pervasive and its boundaries hard to define clearly. 

Diaojiaolou - A Bridge of Personal and City Life

The architecture on the designated site in Taichung City, Diaojiaolou was a traditional type of housing that Chinese immigrants and veterans introduced to the city. It featured exposed and extended structures toward the riverbank so that residents could directly drain wastewater to the river below. 

Both the external and internal configurations of Diaojiaolou show how the residents merged private and public activities that gradually integrated their life footprints into the public domain such as streets.

However, Diaojiaolou only existed for 60 years and has since been demolished. After the government requested veterans to move to military villages, the unoccupied buildings attracted various people to move in. Eventually, a renewal plan for the region led to their demolition due to their unattractive appearance.

Taichung Diajialou


Section of private and public layers

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Real Estate vs. Home

Architects should not just work for real estate developers. According to the new definition of home, designers should create value for the general public and help all to make their own life scenario. 

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Unit Prototypes

Sort housing units into five prototypes depending on their level of privacy and publicness.


Daily Behaviors

The housing unit should be simple but encourage diverse events to take place instead of merely following function.

Structure Diagram

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Traditional bamboo structure

Events and living scenarios that take place within and among the units form the familiar field that we call "home."

Familiar Domain in the City

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