Chen House | Marco Casagrande

• August 21, 2009

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Chen House, image courtesy of Marco Casagrande

Chen House Marco Casagrande Frank Chen Photo AaDa plusMOOD 595x396 Chen House | Marco Casagrande

Chen House, image courtesy of Marco Casagrande

Chen House by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande and Frank Chen. It was built as a shelter for farmers on an old japanese cherry farm in the Datun mountains of North-Taiwan.

+ Project description courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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.

Chen House Wall Marco Casagrande Frank Chen Photo AaDa plusMOOD 595x396 Chen House | Marco Casagrande

Chen House, image courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, image courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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.

Outside kitchen Chen House Marco Casagrande Frank Chen Photo AaDa plusMOOD 595x396 Chen House | Marco Casagrande

Chen House, image courtesy of Marco Casagrande

The smaller bathroom and kitchen unit acts as a kicker stabilizing the wooden structure during the frequent typhoons and earthquakes.

Chen House Fireplace Marco Casagrande Frank Chen Photo AaDa plusMOOD 595x396 Chen House | Marco Casagrande

Chen House, image courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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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Chen House, site plan courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, ground floor plan courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, roof plan courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, North facade courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, East facade courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, South facade courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, West facade courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Chen House, section A-A courtesy of Marco Casagrande

Chen House marco casagrande plusMOOD Short Section 595x200 Chen House | Marco Casagrande

Chen House, section B-B courtesy of Marco Casagrande

+ Project credits / data

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: mahogany, concrete
Completed: 2008

+ All images and drawings courtesy of Marco Casagrande | Photo by AdDa

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