Sin-ye was an architect before he moved to Tainan several years ago. Now he mainly does interior design projects. For him, it was a natural decision to move to Tainan cuz it’s easy to buy everything you need for daily life in any city, but the great taste toward architect brought him to this historical and lovely city.
For Sin-ye, Tainan is a city welcomes everyone. It’s easy to meet people with similar interests, dreams do really become real when people gathering and working hard together. Several reasons for anyone hard not to fall in love with Tainan are: house rents here are much cheaper than in other cities in Taiwan; young people have more opportunities to achieve what they want; locals care about this city and willing to do everything to make here better, to preserve the culture, to pass down the history. It’s like a city with real story without fancy illusion.
There are six people including Sin-ye who organized Tainan One House together. The concept of the name came from comic books titled ‘Gintama’, there’s a house in the story means everything can happen there. Team members of Tainan One House mainly have architecture background; they not only want to make the space into studio, what they really care is how to invite people get a chance to visit this 90-years-old Japanese dorm house, feel the story and building by their own visit.
After opening in 2015, Tainan One House had held exhibitions, lectures and many other events. For them, they are looking forward for further events with all kinds, they want to attract different people to visit the houses and learn how to use a house carefully, to set up a steady relationship with a space, these are what matters than just have fun.
The beginning of this year, several friends who open shops in Tainan set up a cater in Tainan One House, the party was a huge success to celebrate whole year’s effort and welcome the new one. The person who lived in the house was professor of History Department; all of them don’t want to make huge change to the old house. For Sin-ye, it’s weird to hide the trace of houses being used, though they were worried about how to define the style of One House, after putting things selected by team members, it proved that the anxious were unnecessary. The house itself proves its style called charming. For the team of Tainan One House, they think every house has its own destiny. When there are people living in the house, he makes the house with personality like his. The ultimate way to renovate old houses is only fix the must fix part and leave all the scars of time remain.
Recommendation of Food in Tainan: Lu-chi Dumplings, Tong-chi Fish Balls Soup, Da Kou Wei Hot Pot, Dairanpo, Shi Ji Xiang Hot Pot
If you would like to have a seat for a cozy time recommendation: Liang Liang, Room A, Gan Dan Café, Sputnik Lab