emerge architects' sea foam-inspired guesthouse in taiwan attracts passersby at night

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emerge architects’ first impression of toucheng village and wishi harbour in yilan, taiwan was the smell of salty waves, the sound of splashes on the glossy shingle beach, and the sight of distant guishan island.

emerge architects’ first impression of toucheng village and wishi harbour in yilan, taiwan was the smell of salty waves, the sound of splashes on the glossy shingle beach, and the sight of distant guishan island. the image of dissolving waves and glittering sea foam became the source to the guesthouse’s design element. clusters of round openings on the black facade allow light beams and diffuses inside like roaming foam in the air. the building morphs into an obscure lantern whose dim light glows upon the voyagers.

climbing up the narrow staircase directly to the 3rd floor, long and gloomy, but a flickering radiance in the far end. imitating the experience of running through the longest tunnel in the country from taipei, expecting yilan’s open plain to come and guide, just like the starry lighting placed above. in taipei based design studio emerge architects‘ ‘onyx lit house’, light holes in various sizes on the wall filter out buzzes and leave serene frames of streetscape. balconies are open but not exposed; every guest may savor exclusive scenery, whether courtyard or hillside, whether sunlit or drizzly, in their own comfort.

emerge architects' sea foam-inspired guesthouse in taiwan attracts passersby at night

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