While traveling throughout different cities, four designer and architect have seen numerous styles of architecture from London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, New York, and many others. Yet in Taiwan, other than Taipei 101 that stands tall above the clouds, what other cultural assets are worth sharing with the future generation? Taiwan has been surpassed by many countries and cities and has never been able to develop its own distinctive architecture. With such pursuits and doubts, four companions rejoined and created Journey Architecture and began their adventure together.
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" is a quote from the novel The Alchemist by author Paulo Coelho. This quote came true during their process of starting Journey Architecture. To recreate and beautify the surface of our home through urban renovations, reconstructions and new constructions that ultimately provide cultural significance and change the hearts and minds of the community is JA's design intention.
Elen, CEO of Creative Group, with more than ten years of experience in interior, from design and systems furniture to exclusive agencies for Italian and Nordic furniture brands and planning, has managed to integrate these different expertises into one set of service for his clients. Today, through Journey Architecture, service can be started from the finding of properties, customization of buildings to integration of interior design, furniture and other home decorations.
Johnny, founder of Hiyori Design, exceeds in 3D animation, interior and architectural designs. Design that blends with the senses allows him to construct the meaning of the space. To him, Journey Architecture is where he is able to combine every member's skills in creating the ideal brand.
Ken, with years of experience in architecture firms, has every skill an architect needs to complete a project. However familiar he is with analyzing building areas, coverage, setbacks and etc., his ideal building has always been spaces that are irrelevant to these statistical data. Instead, design solely for the needs of the user is his goal that he wishes to achieve through Journey Architecture.
Doris, the only female member of the team, has a wide range of experience from interior design, architectural design, to furniture layout configuration. Currently the design director of CONCEPT, Doris provides a different but useful point of view in the design process.
Not long after graduation, Elen started his own business and led a team of designers that would later become the Creative Group; as for Doris, Johnny and Ken, they were classmates in a technical school, majoring in architecture. After their graduation, each of them was involved in different design field - architecture and interior. It was in 2015 that four of them visited an exhibition on Utopian Architecture, which led them to a collaboration of design. In hopes of changing the architecture industry in Taiwan, buildings are designed based on the needs of the users. From urban cities to rural areas, to gradually transform the style of architecture and the surface of their home is the purpose of JA's work .
Home, other than providing a secured shelter, is also the dwelling of the soul to be passed on to the next generation. A space dominated by numbers or even a design based on statistical data would never compose into a suitable city. A designer should imagine him or herself as if having Megellan's dauntless courage in making the first circumnavigation of the earth, proofing the world is round, but also needs a considerate mind in thinking of every little detail.
The house we expect to arrive is not merely a cold cement box, but a place of thoughts in consideration of human needs and activities. Interior layout, circulation, and artistic but welcoming furniture integrate with the overall frame and landscape to become the design that is capable of expressing culture, history, and knowledge.
Journey Architecture not only expresses a journey in space, but also symbolizes a journey in time. With a design drawn from "the heart", from a point extending to a line and a line to a surface, JA's mission is to create buildings that withstand the passing of time, transforming typical urban and rural areas into places of rich cultural assets.