In a densely populated contemporary city, all the city planners and architects reflect, from time to time, how to make an effort in order to gain more living spaces. This difficulty has been temporarily relieved by reinforced concrete high-rise buildings advocated by Domino System in last century of modernism. For that reason, our cities then become a concrete jungle in international style. With a detailed project of space, building coverage and ratio of public utility, a huge and high-density community with multiple-family residential house comes to the world. It became a typical view for most of developed cities. After that, it seems people’s life and thinking are restricted to a limited space as they established boundaries with neighbors. Nowadays, people are still missing the large garden area of courtyard houses in countryside in olden times. On a grain-and-dry-vegetables sunning ground, children played with each other under the sun, and adults sat, talked with each other, played Chinese chess and drank tea under the sun shelter. Then we ask ourselves, can’t this scene be realized at present?
A Modern Courtyard Settlement Within a Concrete Forest
The site is located in a rural area of Baoshan, Hsinchu, surrounded by nature. It is conveniently situated in close proximity to the Hsinchu Science Park and the entrance tunnel to the site is most adequately encased with bamboo forests and greeneries. This project involves the renovation of old architecture into a new form of community settlement. We hope to bring together traditional congregated housing community and traditional courtyard to create a rich and diversified living environment that suffices both natural and lifestyle factors.
Wobbling Splits - Living Concept of Sharing Economy
This is a project specializing in tiny tribes. We contemplate the possibility of combining management concepts in modern community and community spirits of traditional courtyards. The main disadvantage of multiple-family residential house community is the indifferent boundaries among households. Once the boundaries are established, it stops the connection and interaction among people, and also waste an amount of time and energy setting « boundaries ». The environment with these circumstances and context, it is undoubtedly hard to realize the community spirit of traditional courtyards.
Therefore, we overturn the « boundary » concept in multiple-family residential house, and we create a living area with a shape of « star key » on the phone in a scattered manner. It replaces the shape of « pound key » leading to isolation. And the « splits » in different scales caused by scattered style can make people, animals, plants and wind in the mountain flow into the area, which creates a public semi-outdoor space connecting with the natural environment. Moreover, the community with this style has an implicit rule; that is, each household possesses not only an independent little garden but also a planting field shared by two households. These two households need to discuss how to deal with this shared semi-outdoor space. In the meantime, there will be many foreign people living in and non-specific gatherings taking place in the community. In that way, such event will become a habitual scene for everyone. More and above that, we move the splits of building to the second floor, which connects all the units and scenes, will be the best place for people to interact and communicate with each other. We are going to disperse any public and private boundaries in this place and sketch a fundamental community living concept of sharing economy.