Hard/ Soft shell protects a house that is 80% outdoor
Taiwan’s Pacific coast is a tropical and lush region with severe summer typhoons. Fronting the Pacific Ocean, Beetle house allow the insect-phobic owner to live almost entirely outdoors amidst great ocean views yet protected from typhoon storms and insects.
Inspired by a beetle’s use of hard shell for protection and soft membrane for flight, the house is made up of a semi-outdoor rigid cage that can be shut down during typhoon, and an outdoor soft cage encased by insect netting and steel webnets. Within the 300m2 semi-outdoor rigid and soft cages, the living room, kitchen/ dining, bedroom and washroom functions are four distinct 3mx6m weather-tight prefab boxes that spread out onto the expansive views. The house is therefore 80% outdoors. Individual box-rooms laid out in an agora setting within the protective armor of the outer skin allow complete freedom of use and leisure.
Beyond the protective aspect of the design, the free-flowing semi-outdoor spaces are also an important environmental response to the hot and humid climate where good ventilation and solar shading is necessary.
scope: masterplan, architecture, interior, landscape
site: Taitung, Taiwan
total floor area: 300 sqm
design: Mar 2007
construction: Oct 2008
structure: Masatoshi Tomita