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Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande

  • 01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande
Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande, © AdDa Zei
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  • Project Manager

    Nikita Wu
  • C-LAB Team

    Frank Chen, Yu-Chen Chiu
  • Site

    ruin of an abandoned farm house and surrounding terraced farms
  • Interior Space

    210 m2
  • Terraces

    520 m2
  • Materials

    Mahogany, Zelkova, Camphor, Taiwan Cypress, bronze, steel, brick, stone
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Ultra-Ruin is a wooden architectural organism that is growing from the ruins of an abandoned red brick farmhouse in the meeting place of terraced farms and jungle. The weak architecture follows the principles of Open Form and is improvised on the site based on instincts reacting on the presence of jungle, ruin and local knowledge.

Master Plan
Master Plan

The complex has a variety of multi-functional spaces and platforms that can be activated for different living functions and for meditation. The spatial continuity between interior and exterior spaces is flexible – also the inside is out and the jungle is in the house. The Ultra-Ruin is an architectural instrument played by nature including human. The main user is a private family, but the space is occasionally opened up for wider meetings.

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© AdDa Zei

Ultra-Ruin is more of an organic accident, than based on industrial control. Accident is greater than architectural control. Architectural control has been opened up in order to let nature to step in and human error to take place. In order to understand the dynamics of an accident one must be present. To be present is the key of all art.


Architecture is not an independent language and architecture is not talking alone. Architecture needs nature to become part of nature. Ultra-Ruin is a post-ruin condition, where human has come back to the house / ruin and share the same space with jungle.

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© AdDa Zei

This design would not have had happened without and constructive dialog with the client, local people and nature. Ultra-Ruin is an architectural response to the knowledge building that was reached through this dialog.

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Marco Casagrande
Cite: "Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande" 13 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884