Tuesday 11 Jun 2013


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The name 'RE+Wood guesthouse' based in the travel spot Anping, Tainan, in Taiwan, is derived from 'Re' from reclaimed and recovered, describing the hand-sourced wood by designer Lee, from factory wood reclaimed to present a loft style throughout the guesthouse. A part of these woods are "hinoki" which are Taiwan's local Chamaecyparis, Chamaecyparis taiwanensis, (a species of cypress tree native to Taiwan) which gives out its own special aroma in the rooms.

Decoration included recovered traditional Taiwan wooden windows to add some local culture into the guesthouse. All the carpenters employed during the project had over 20 years’ experience in this industry, and were an artistic influence alongside the designer.

Lee, the interior designer says, “loving our planet is the most important idea that I wanted to put into this guesthouse“. Each room is flanked by the different type of mosaics wood walls reflecting his passion for the reuse of recovered woods.

With a keen interest in the design of architectural lighting, a study was carried out on the lighting of the walls and interior spaces with LED track lighting adjusting the light of the room and large windows letting in plenty of natural light. Lee preserved the industrial character of the walls and decided to keep the natural colour of the tree as a design feature - natural green. 

At a glance, in each room you can go and see that each of the units has its own type of mosaic wood wall. He collected all these recovered woods for over one year, piece by piece, from different furniture factories. He also collected old Taiwan’s traditional windows which is disused in the modern building; putting local culture and memory into the design for the visiting tourists.

The recovery and conversion of woods giving another use is also a passion of the designer. The door of the rooms are made with recovered wood to connect the idea of guesthouse. Mosaic waffle surface a also functionalize the door with soundproofing. The tables are made with recovered wood from the remainders of the mosaic wall and disused table. It is the use of ecologically friendly materials and pain-staking sourced woods that make this guesthouse stand out as a planet and tourist-friendly destination.