Register: AUG/13/2018, Submit: AUG/13/2018, Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, and other related fields of study with degree expected date no earlier than January 31st, 2018; individually, teams of 2 members; participants of Stage 2 must submit proposals in collaboration with an advisor, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place 60,000 TWD (New Taiwan dollar) (about 1,970 USD), 2nd Place 30,000 TWD (about 985 USD), 3rd Place 20,000 TWD (about 655 USD), 3 Honorable Mentions 5,000 TWD (about 165 USD) each, 5 Selected Entries 2,000 TWD (about 65 USD) each
In western architectural history, dwelling is the most important building type as the purpose of architecture returns from divinity to human needs. At the same time, dwelling is the spatial typology that one occupies for the longest time on a daily basis. However, due to the changes in our living environment, dwelling – our home, that comprises of our emotions – is gradually turning into a merchandize with a price tag. We would like to reexamine the essence of home as well as the relationship between tectonic and environment through the concept of building a new home for our society, and thereby recovering and reflection on the most fundamental human needs for dwellings and the natural world.
Tree – Grows from the ground, a characterization of life and convergence in the nature.
House – Constructed by Material, a place to live and fulfill our dreams and ideas.
But in our environment, there are few chances for us to truly experience a space constructed with natural elements. Inspired from the concept of Yuxian section social residence – First a community, then a park, last a city.
Combining space and structure with trees is not only an achievement of construction, but also a way to link nature and architecture together with design.
Starting from this concept, we are expecting young talents to evaluate and think over issues such as how can we bring diversity of the activities held in the tree house and the neighborhood together? How can difference be provided with variety? What is the possibility of the relationship between material and space in this case? We are seeking for an activity space linked with the region and let the residents, neighborhood and citizens in Taichung City (China) have a wonderful spatial experience.
Yuxian section is near a crossroad formed by two main streets, the site is also planned for the Taiping District Yuxian section social residence (Second phase). This social residence project hopes to enhance the communication between people and people, then to form the community into a “Micro City” through the open spaces and multi-functional rooms.
The goal of the social residence projects in Taichung City is to create a “comfort living city”. The apartments will be rent out temporary to young talents, students, labor and disadvantaged social groups with a short term contract of 3 years. In this period, the residents should improve their skills and then be able to find a suitable residence of their own later.
The site is located separately at the north-east and south-west plaza of the Taiping District Yuxian section social residence (Second phase). Therefore, the overall design should continue the intention of the regional planning. The major guiding points are comfort, interaction, sustainability, circular economy, and energy saving. Since the first place design will be realized, please take the budget of 1 million NTD into consideration.
- Sustainability – The design should meet the artists’ needs and minimize the impact on the environment at the same time.
- Interaction – Since the tree house is meant to be a permanent work, participants should take consideration of the ethnic group in the community and their lifestyles to create communication between them.
- Comfort – The design should fit the needs of the young artists, and provide a suitable space for creation, rest and small exhibitions.
- Energy Saving – Minimize energy use through the design (for example, natural ventilation, indoor lighting concept and the resources needed for construction… etc.)
- Circular Economy – Slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops to minimize resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage (for example, the usage of recyclable materials, the difference between various constructions… etc.)
- Primary Building – Ateliers for young artists, where they can create, have a rest and show their works.
- Area – Both Position A and B should be designed. Position A – 26.46 square meters
- (within the range of 4.2m x 6.3m, short side should face the east side). Position B – 26.46 square meters.
- Spatial Form – The proposal should make a new interpretation of the combination of living style and the growth form of trees. Please considerate the communication between the young artists and the residents.
- Low-carbon – Considerations must be given to low-carbon approach within the life cycle of the tree house.
- Bottom Overhead – The tree house should be lifted at least 2.5 m above the ground.