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by Justin Sudeikis last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:03 AM
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Architects: Marco Casagrande and Frank Chen Construction work: Marco Casagrande, Frank Chen, Shi-Ding Chen, Nikita Wu, Shu-Gi Bai Local Knowledge: Missis Lee Location: Sanjhih, Taipei County, Taiwan Site: 3890 m2 farm land, Datun Mountains Building foot print: 138 m2 Interior...




 

 

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Architects: Marco Casagrande and Frank Chen
Construction work: Marco Casagrande, Frank Chen, Shi-Ding Chen, Nikita Wu, Shu-Gi Bai
Local Knowledge: Missis Lee
Location: Sanjhih, Taipei County, Taiwan Site: 3890 m2 farm land, Datun Mountains
Building foot print: 138 m2
Interior space: 62,5 m2
Materials: mahogany, concrete
Completed: 2008

"The house is realized on an old Japanese cherry-farm in the Datun -mountains of North-Taiwan. It is designed as a vessel to react on the demanding wind, flooding and heat conditions on the site. The house is a stick raised above the ground in order to let the flood waters run under it. The different spaces are connected to a flexible movement within the axis of outdoor and indoor functions. The smaller bathroom and kitchen unit acts as a kicker stabilizing the wooden structure during the frequent typhoons and earthquakes. The bio-climatic architecture is designed to catch the cool breeze from the Datun -river during the hot days and to let in the small winds circulating on the site between the fresh water reservoir pond and the farmlands. A fire place is used during the winter for heating and for cooking tea. In connection with the bathroom is a small sauna. The house is not strong or heavy – it is weak and flexible. It is also not closing the environment out, but designed to give the farmers a needed shelter. Ruin is when man-made has become part of nature. With this house we were looking forward to design a ruin."

Marco Casagrande on Wikipedia

Casagrande Laboratory

casagrandeworks.blogspot.com - I hadn't realized that Mr. Casagrande was partners with Sami Rintala a while ago!

Photos: AaDa

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