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Chen House by Marco Casagrande & Frank Chen

Land(e)scape by architect/artist duo Casagrande & Rintala in 1999 was one of my favorite installations. After the group dissolved, Marco Casagrande continued to explore the boundary between architecture and art.

I’m not an up to date person and didn’t know until now that Marco Casagrande has actually been building houses (my apology to the architect!) …

Chen House built in 2008 by Marco Casagrande, Frank Chen and the crew is almost as striking as Tadao Ando’s Azuma House. NO, this house may be better than Ando’s 1976 masterpiece – Ando’s early houses tried to recreate ‘tough’ living environment (coldness, dampness, and other inconveniences), but Chen House simply embraces its environment, including typhoons, earthquakes, flooding and heat.

Chen House reminds me of the very basic of Judo and Aikido, “yield to win.”

様々な建築的インスタレーションで世界的に知られるフィンランドの建築家マルコ・カサグランデとフランク・チェンが台北三芝鄉に建てた農家。過酷な美しさということはしばしば安藤忠雄氏の初期の作品に感じたが、ここに紹介する『チェン・ハウス』には作為的な厳しさではなく、もともと存在する厳しい環境をそのまま受け入れようとする姿勢が生み出した、『住吉の長屋』には存在しない、逞しさと柔らかさの両方を兼ね備えた人間味のある強さを感じさせられる。実物を訪れてみたいと思う稀な作品だ Continue Reading

Makiko Tsukada Architects

In 1995, after working for Shigeru Ban Architect, Makiko Tsukada set out to start her own practice in Tokyo.

Tsukada’s highly refined design sensibilities could be attributed to her earlier experiences at Obayashi Corporation, one of the major construction/engineering company in Japan, and at Minoru Takeyama Architect & U/A.

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