Chasing Light: A Renovation Project by Yu-Nan Hou

Bringing Natural Light into an Old House

The project is a renovation of an old house, where designer Yu-Nan Hou aimed to improve the condition of the 40-year-old residence. With a long and narrow layout, the focus was on maximizing natural lighting and ventilation, making the staircase and route planning crucial elements. The result is a space where sunlight falls evenly on each floor, brightening and amplifying the visual effect of the light-colored interiors.

The Chasing Light project stands out with its unique approach to lighting and space optimization. The first and third floors are flooded with natural light, thanks to the large windows and a patio, while the middle part of the second floor, devoid of natural light, has been transformed into a toilet and storage area. This ensures that the users spend the longest time in areas with abundant daylight.

To establish a good transmission medium for daylight to the interior, the third-floor ceiling features a transparent corrugated plate, acting as a semi-open roof. The second-floor staircase facade and buffering platform are designed with open and transparent glass, further enhancing the flow of light throughout the space.

The realization of the Chasing Light project involved the use of various materials, including stone plastic composites flooring, light-colored tiles, baking paint, iron plates, neoclassical trims, washed finish, perforated iron plates, glass, tiles, and woven rattan lamps. The choice of light-transmitting or openwork materials, such as glass and perforated iron panels, allows the space to interact with daylight.

The project, with a total area of 145 square meters, presented several challenges due to the old house's layout and limited lighting and ventilation. The designer's meticulous planning and layout adjustments addressed these issues, ensuring that every corner of the space benefits from natural light. The garage on the first floor not only solves the client's parking problem but also allows a large area of daylight to reach the previously dim areas.

The Chasing Light project is a testament to the designer's ability to transform an old house into a bright and welcoming space. By incorporating natural light and optimizing the layout, the project not only enhances the visual appeal but also reduces the need for artificial lighting, resulting in energy efficiency.

The Chasing Light project was completed in March 2021 in Taiwan, and it showcases the designer's research and attention to detail. By prioritizing the use of daylight as a design element, the project breathes new life into the old house, creating a comfortable and family-friendly space.

This design project, by Yu-Nan Hou, was awarded the Iron A' Design Award in the Interior Space, Retail, and Exhibition Design category in 2023. The award recognizes the project's well-designed, practical, and innovative approach, meeting professional and industrial requirements. With its focus on integrating industry best practices and competent technical characteristics, the Chasing Light project contributes to a better world.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: Yu-Nan Hou
Image Credits: Yunan Design Studio
Project Team Members: Yu-Nan Hou
Project Name: Chasing Light
Project Client: Yu-Nan Hou

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