Very Studio brings light to Taiwan’s Sunny Apartment with vaulted ceiling dezeen-logo dezeen-logo

Arches spring up across the ceiling of this apartment in Taiwan, which Very Studio has overhauled to appear more bright and spacious. Set within a residential block in the city of Taichung, the Sunny Apartment previously featured a light-starved living area with poor ventilation – a majority of the home’s windows had been isolated to the building’s south elevation. To make the 200-square-metre apartment more accommodating for a family of four, locally based Very Studio devised a design scheme that focused on three elements it felt defined the “essence of living”: space, air and sound. Partition walls have been rearranged to loosely form a pentagonal-shaped floor plan that angles sightlines towards the apartment’s few windows. The ceiling has been turned into a series of vaults, giving the impression of a taller and more lofty living room. Each arch has an internal timber frame that was cut using a CNC-milling machine. “We wanted to create a shared space as one room, a space with fluidity. Therefore, we thought about modifying the level of the ceiling,” the studio told Dezeen. “We also wanted to erase the edge-line of the ceiling, ...

Rob Hibberd (right) and Jason Rose in front of one of the Biglia B565-YS lathes at

Rob Hibberd (right) and Jason Rose in front of one of the Biglia B565-YS lathes at Headline Filters, Aylesford New process routes for around half of the factory’s production of bonded microfibre filter housings at Headline Filters involve four new CNC machines installed between September 2018 and July 2019. They are three turning centres with Y-axis from Biglia, Italy and a German-built Spinner machining centre with trunnion-mounted rotary table, all supplied by UK agent Whitehouse Machine Tools. A backlog in multi-operation turning and milling of a particular filter part, a complex stainless-steel head designated ‘112’, prompted the manufacturer to look for a more productive solution. The obvious choice was a lathe with powerful driven tooling and twin opposed spindles to enable in-cycle machining of the reverse end of the component. Space is limited on the shopfloor in Aylesford and the machine initially considered was too large to be conveniently installed. Whitehouse demonstrated how the more compact Biglia B565-YS lathe which was half the price could do the job, provided it was fitted with double, triple and quad tool holders in its 12-station turret so that the requisite ...