Built on the grounds of an old Japanese cherry farm in the Datun mountains of North Taiwan, the Chen House was designed by Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory for an elderly retired couple. A simple and inspirational example of bio-climatic architecture, the house catches the cool breezes from the Datun river during hot summer and is raised above the ground to let the flood waters run beneath during the rainy season.
The house is built like a boat with tropical hardwood - mahogany, that gave us the structural possibility to use minimal dimensions for structures. The space is breating through gaped walls and it lets cool air coming in throuhg the floor. The windows are designed as adjustable wind catchers in order to capture the diffenrent winds of the day.
The whole house is built by the architects in co-operation with the clients.
The house is situated up in the Datun Mountains of North-Taiwan. The environmental conditions are demanding with frequent earthquakes, typhoons, heat and strong winds. The house is built like a boat to cope with these conditions.
Description: At home with nature.
Design: Marco Casagrande / Casagrande Laboratory
Consultants: Team: Frank Chen, Shi-Ding Chen, Nikita Wu, Shu-Gi Bai, Missis Lee
Construction period: 2008
Location: Sanjhih, Taiwan
Coordinates: 25°14'23.7'' N, 121°31'34'' E
Tags: climate, wood, flood, hands-on, mountains
Project ID: 28
Published: 27 May 2011
Last updated: 22 September 2011
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