| Introduction |
No matter how long it has been silenced. Try to connect its past with present, preserving its old soul with a new presence. A rebirth. A legacy.
This is what we have been thinking after met with the house.
DaDaoCheng has always been a hub for trading. In the early days, it was a westernized and wealthy area in Taipei. An old house in this neighborhood, naturally it also related to trading - downstairs a business store, upstairs a living place for the owner. It has been used like this for a very long time. We plan to keep it that way, and give it a new meaning of home.
During renovation, we tried our best to maintain its original looks. We studied the old space, and extensivelyused the most traditional construction methods such as Terrazzo, to build up our new vision for the house. In here, new and old live together harmoniously.
People were hospitable in the early days. That was especially true in DaDaoCheng. So in our vision, people will play a pivotal role here. When travel, we always remember the beautiful view and fashionable room. But the people who serve us? Not so much. That’s because people need genuine interaction to make the impression. Only outer beauty cannot make a home. So when you come to OrigInn, we will treat you just like a friend. No unnecessary formality. We become friends just like that, and the feeling ofhome comes along.
No “Don’t touch” sign – historical building doesn’t have to be all serious. With the concept ofhome , travelers from all around the world can live in an authentic old-time space, being brought back to Taipei half a century ago and bathe in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of DaDaoCheng.
We believe, THIS is the best way to bring this old house back to life.
Our house is one of the six buildings of “Western Style Houses at the End of Liuguan Street”; it is declared by Taipei City Government as Cultural Heritage. It was an imperial envoy’s house in Qing dynasty, and then reconstructed to a brick, westernized building in 1931 by the Banqiao Lin family. The interior design was exquisite and of great value for architecture history.
The façade is western, late renaissance style. The walls are brick of washed granolithic finish, with parapet instead of gable on top. There are ornamentations of western ribbon and medal on parapets, beams and windowsills. The capitals are refined Corinthian style. The window railings are decorated with traditional rinceau patterns.
The walls of first floor are actually taken from the base stone of Taipei City wall in Qing dynasty – it is sturdy and moisture proof. At the back of the house is a patio, providing sunlight and ventilation for this long streethouse. In FengShui the patio is closely related to wealth. In the past people see rain as the water of wealth. So the rain falling into the patio means the wealth coming into the house.