The detail of 'Plastic Classic_Lacquered' chair by Pili Wu for Han Gallery
‘In Asia, the classical Ming-style chair is recognised as a symbol of social status and taste. Conversely, the widespread presence of the moulded plastic stool is overwhelmingly abundant because of its low price; making it another kind of “classic”’, explains the young Taiwanese designer Pili Wu whose striking, crimson red ‘Plastic Classic_Lacquered’ chair found itself the centre of attention at HAN Gallery‘s Ventura Lambrate exhibition. Featuring a characteristic-of-the-Ming-chair loop armrest and back, and a simple stool-like seat and legs, the beech wood chair was created in collaboration with artisan Tian-chang Jian who hand-lacquered the design with 20 layers of natural lacquer, thus creating a unique, ombré effect. (more…)
2010 Taipei International Floral Expo, Fine Arts Museum Park by King Shih Architects, photo by Marc Gerritsen
The Taipei based King Shih Architects realised the center for this year’s International Floral Expo in Taipei, a horticultural event authorized by AIPH and hosted by Taipei City Government. The complex includes a Gift Shop Pavilion, an Outlook Pavilion and the Expo Hall with its stunning meshed roof that has a span of up to 65 m.
'Unique IKEA' by Kenyon Jeh
The young Taiwanese designer Kenyon Jeh made his own creations of the standardized flat pack furniture he ordered at a big Swedish furniture store.
“I have simply composed the kits into customized furniture to suit my personal preference, adding some new details along the way. The process is liberating and brings a limitless attitude of possibility to the flat pack market”, Kenyon Jeh explains.
Model 'Kenn' by Kenyon Jeh
Model 'Bria' by Kenyon Jeh
Model 'Dalt' by Kenyon Jeh
seen @ mocoloco
to the Kenyon Jeh website
Toyo Ito for The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
When Kaohsiung was granted the right to host The World Games 2009 by the International World Games Association, the organizing committee immediately launched the venue renovation and construction project in order to meet International Federation standards. The most important project was undoubtedly the Main Stadium in the north of Kaohsiung City.
The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats
The whole construction of the Main Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 seats, designed by japanese architect Toyo Ito, only required two years of work, and was finally tested for lighting facilities on January 15, 2009. It took over six minutes to power up the lighting in the stadium, which illuminates the track and field with 3,300 lux. Spiral steel girders and 8,844 solar panels were installed on the roof. Two jumbotrons screens on each side of the stadium, along with a surround sounding system, make this an international standard soccer field and facility, ensuring that it is the perfect venue for the opening and closing ceremonies.
100% made in Taiwan
The stadium is notable for its eco-friendliness: the solar panels on the stadium roof generate 1.14 million kWh of electricity per year, thus reducing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide output. In addition, all the raw materials used in the main stadium are 100% reusable and made in Taiwan.
to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects @ Architonic
to The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung
'Chen House' by C-Laboratory, Photo: AdDa
The Finland-based architects Marco Casagrande and Frank Chen of C-Laboratory presented their new housing project in Taiwan in the end of 2008.
The house is realized on an old Japanese cherry-farm in the Datun -mountains of North-Taiwan. It is designed as a vessel to react on the demanding wind, flooding and heat conditions on the site.
'Chen House' by C-Laboratory
The house is a stick raised above the ground in order to let the flood waters run under it. The different spaces are connected to a flexible movement within the axis of outdoor and indoor functions. The smaller bathroom and kitchen unit acts as a kicker stabilizing the wooden structure during the frequent typhoons and earthquakes.
The bio-climatic architecture is designed to catch the cool breeze from the Datun -river during the hot days and to let in the small winds circulating on the site between the fresh water reservoir pond and the farmlands. A fire place is used during the winter for heating and for cooking tea. In connection with the bathroom is a small sauna.
'Chen House' by C-Laboratory
The house is not strong or heavy – it is weak and flexible. It is also not closing the environment out, but designed to give the farmers a needed shelter.
Ruin is when man-made has become part of nature. With this house we were looking forward to design a ruin.