Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: , Taiwan
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: AdDa Zei

Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: City,
Year: 2013
Photographs: AdDa Zei, Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

Marco Casagrande Wins European Prize for Architecture

SANDWORM / . Image © Nikita Wu

Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory and WEAK! has been named as the recipient for the 2013 . 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

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: Karjaa,
C Lab Team: Nikita Wu, Jan Luksic, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: , Taiwan
Design Team: Nikita Wu
Jut Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

Survival Architecture Workshop

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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

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Architect: Marco Casagrande
Location: , Belgium
Project Manager: Nikita Wu / C-LAB
Organizer: Beaufort 04 Triennial of Contemporary Art
Built Area: 320 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Nikita Wu

 

Cicada / Marco Casagrande

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Architect: Marco Casagrande
Location: ,
Project Managers: Delphine, Peng Hsiao-Ting / JUT Group, Nikita Wu / C-LAB
Casagrande Laboratory for Cicada: Frank Chen, Yu-Chen Chiu, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Measures: 34 m long, 12 m wide, 8 m high
Interior space: 270 sqm
Project Year: 2011
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