by Pallavi MehraSep 27, 2021
As the name suggests, Cat’s Pink House in Miaoli, Taiwan is designed for Ms. Yeh and her feline companions, its interiors dominated by a perky pink palette with accents of gold and hints of white. The unusual three-storey holiday home by the sea, designed by Taipei-based KC Design Studio includes a whole floor for the client’s cats, complete with fuzzy cushions, a golden cat ladder and a furry swing. Why is the whole house, from the furniture to the drapes, from the walls to the ceilings, rendered in shades of pastel pink? Simply because it is the client’s favourite colour! “For the owner, it is a space to relax and have fun with her three cats on holidays,” says the KC Design Studio.
The lower level of the residential design serves as an open plan living area with a communal gathering space, a kitchen and dining area and a small washroom. Primarily rendered in shades of coral pink, the floor and few elements here adhere to a soft wooden cladding that complements every other texture, colour and element. “To build a purely pink space, we used pink mineral paint as the base for the walls and ceiling, and selected the different pink materials in natural colours to compose the mixed style,” mentions KC Design Studio. Even the basketball hoop and backboard in the candy coloured triangular court outside the house are painted in pink.
The owner’s collection of art, toys and figurines of manga and cartoon characters such as KAWS and Hello Kitty! are displayed in arched alcoves in the wall behind the bar done in rose gold stainless steel. Small round pedestals are placed around the place to hold larger pieces. The wood paneled domed ceiling with terrazzo lining its front side, atop the cooking area, is done in an exaggerated style and pattern, to playfully conceal pipes and other equipment, along with injecting the space with variety and add on to the fun. A faint pink, marble topped elongated table with rounded corners serves as the dining space, with chairs covered in pink suede seated around it.
Apart from the master bedroom and connected bathroom, the second floor is entirely dedicated to the cats. A large rectangular window floods the room with natural light, which is also rendered in cotton candy pink. The room is separated by a glass partition that allows the client to watch her cats and their cute, wonky activities from her bedroom. A playroom for the pets, the central area hosts a golden twisting metal tower that is hung from the ceiling and a fur lined swing at one end. The owner’s pink writing table is placed at the opposite end.
Fuzzy cushions for the cats are littered over the light timber floor, and slender pink stepped ledges are lined across the walls for the pawed friends to walk and play on. Behind the golden staircase is the pink tiled bathroom, with an edge of the same terrazzo flooring employed downstairs. One wall is fixed with small squared white tiles, with a round mirror over the pink sink.
The multifunctional third level opens onto a rooftop terrace and stands as a contrast to the other ones in its darkened style and décor, duskier wooden flooring and concrete surfaces. The walls here are lined with metal shelves that hold more figurines that are reflected in the mirrored wall opposite it, and a small bathroom and sink tucked away at one of the room’s sides. KC Design Studio’s salmon pink interior design of the Pink House would make Lady Gaga proud with its bold and eclectic personality. Another pinterest worthy dwelling, for all the cat lovers out there with dreams of owning a house by the sea for themselves and their pets.
Name: Cat’s Pink House
Location: Sec. 2, Tiansiang St., Jhunan Township, Miaoli County 350, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Clients: Ms. Yeh
Architect: KC Design Studio
Project Lead: Kuan-huan Liu, Chun-ta Tsao