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Last edited 09 Dec 2016
In December 2016, Dutch firm MVRDV revealed designs for Y House, a strange new concept for a holiday villa.
Located in northeast Tainan, Taiwan, the 330 sq. m villa will provide the focal point for a new residential development, with its Y-shaped design and open-air swimming pool cradled by an angular roof.
The communal spaces – living and dining rooms – are at the top of the volume, with bedrooms below. Circular openings in the ceiling provide views up into the swimming pool, and allow dappled natural light to filter into the building.
Staircases span the main living room at both ends, following the angle of the Y-shape, whilst dividing into curving pathways leading to the roof. Some of the furniture is integrated into the concrete form, such as the dining table which projects out from one of the staircases.
Images courtesy of MVRDV.
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