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Chen House

House
Sanjhih, Taiwan
C-Laboratory, Turku, Finland
2009
World Architecture Festival 2009 - Category Commendation

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CHEN HOUSE

Architects C-Laboratory:
Marco Casagrande
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: red meranti, 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.

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In a dream last night, I saw a great storm. It seized the scaffolding. It tore the cross-clasps, the iron ones, down. But what was made of wood, swayed and remained.
- Bertolt Brecht

Lead Architect »

C-Laboratory
Turku
Finland
 

Professional Credits »

Assistant Architect
Mr Frank Chen
C-Laboratory
Finland
frank@clab.fi

Client / Developer
Mrs Shu-Gi Bai
Chen Family
Taiwan
frank@clab.fi

Client / Developer
Mr Shi-Ding Chen
Chen Family
Taiwan
frank@clab.fi

Constructor
Mrs Nikita Wu
C-Laboratory
Finland
nikita.wu@gmail.com
 

Supplier / Product Credits »

Local Knowledge
Local Knowledge
Datun Mountains
Taiwan
Mrs Grandmother Lee
frank@clab.fi