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Marco Casagrande

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Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: AdDa Zei, Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Marco Casagrande Wins European Prize for Architecture

Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory and WEAK! has been named as the recipient for the 2013 European Prize for Architecture. The annual award, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, is known for honoring “rare architects who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture.” 

“Casagrande is a model for today’s young design professional of what an architect should be: visionary, aesthetic, intellectual, and socially responsible,” stated Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

Apelle / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Karjaa, Finland
  • C Lab Team: Nikita Wu, Jan Luksic, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
  • Area: 140.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

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Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Nikita Wu
  • Jut Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

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Survival Architecture Workshop

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© Nikita Wu

Led by envir­on­mental archi­tect and anarch­ist, Marco Casagrande, representing the Aalto University Environmental Art Masters Program, stu­dents were to join in the cre­ation of a nomadic city on the ice, both weath­er­ing and embra­cing the cold and wind, and altern­at­ing bliz­zards and slush over the course of ten days. There were twenty of them in total. In addi­tion to Marco him­self, his wife, Taiwanese journ­al­ist Nikita Wu, his long time friend Norwegian archi­tect Hans-​Petter Bjørnådal, Czech MA stu­dent and carpenter-​extraordinaire Jan Tyrpekl, made up the organ­iz­a­tional team. The Lapland nat­ive believes in an almost cruel method to his medium, where human inten­tions come nat­ur­ally second to nature’s. It is with this in mind that one needs to approach his work­shop on the frozen lake of Rössvatnet in sub­arc­tic Norway. More of the team’s description, by Guoda Bardauskaitė and Suzanne van Niekerk, on the workshop after the break.

SANDWORM / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Wenduine, Belgium
  • Project Manager:  Nikita Wu / C-LAB
  • Organizer:  Beaufort 04 Triennial of Contemporary Art
  • Willow Experts:  Karol Jaworski, Pawel
  • Beaufort Specialists:  Santiago De Waele, Karl Van Kelst
  • Materials: Willow, Sand
  • Beaufort Triennial Curator: Jonas Vandeghinste
  • Casagrande Laboratory For Cicada: Jan Luksik, Jan Tyrpekl, Lukas Landa, Zuzana Hanuskova
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: Nikita Wu

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Cicada / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Project Managers: Delphine, Peng Hsiao-Ting / JUT Group, Nikita Wu / C-LAB
  • Measures: 34 m long; 12 m wide; 8 m high
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: AdDa

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