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Chen House / C-Laboratory

  • 01:00 - 2 July, 2009
Chen House / C-Laboratory
Chen House / C-Laboratory

Chen House / C-Laboratory Chen House / C-Laboratory Chen House / C-Laboratory Chen House / C-Laboratory +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 252
  • Architects

  • Project And Construction Team

    Marco Casagrande, Frank Chen, Shi-Ding Chen, Nikita Wu, Shu-Gi Bai
  • Local Knowledge

    Missis Lee
  • Building Foot Print

    138 sqm
  • Materials

    mahogany, concrete
  • Site Area

    3,890 sqm
  • Area

    62.5 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. 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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Aly Alvy · March 04, 2012

A rural retreat - Chen House,Taiwan by C-Laboratory: #architecture

armando · March 13, 2010

I like especially its simple, reminds me of Costa Rica, but do not understand How to solve the entry of mosquitoes? . in these areas are endemic

Jacky · February 14, 2010

Chen House / C-Laboratory:

Maax · July 06, 2009

Designed only to design.

Max Lu · July 06, 2009

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Darion W · July 06, 2009

The fireplace looks like it may double as a grill. An interesting design detail, in my opinion.

Michael (P) · July 04, 2009

What a beautiful design!
Not for everyone, but it works so well for that context.

This is architecture that makes a human being feel like a real human being - not a fake jewel in a pretentious bling box.

The plan is reminiscent of an aircraft carrier. I wonder if that was intentional given the environmental requirements of wind and water management.

Nice job C-Lab.

richie · July 03, 2009

almost loving it

Oldesque urbanbike ! · July 03, 2009 sur, la Chen House. Vous avez dit simplicité et qualité d'espace…? J'adore. Le minimum quoi.

thomas foral · July 03, 2009

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Phil · July 03, 2009

i don't think it can easily be ruined by nature,
and i doubt about the function of that fire place, if it's in the snowing north europe, maybe, but the hotly south asia???
it just look nice.

Ming · July 27, 2009 07:57 AM

Taiwan experiences the 4 season too. Temperature dips during winter but there is no snow. Therefore, imo, the fire place does serve its purpose in providing warmth during the colder months, especially in such an open, outdoor structure.


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