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Wednesday23 July 2014

First images of Taiwan architect-designed villas released

Kengo Kuma's villa at Next-Gene20 on the island of Taiwan
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MVRDV, Kengo Kuma and Julien De Smedt are among the 20 architects designing 20 villas on the island of Taiwan.

The Spaniard Fernando Menis, Berlin and LA based Graft, as well as 10 Taiwanese practices are among the other architects taking part.

The first images of their designs for Next-Gene20 have now been released.

Kengo Kuma’s villa is named Aimai after the Japanese word for something mysterious.

"Aimai is the main concept for the house,” Kuma says. “It is a Japanese word that describes an ambiguous condition and matter. Since there is no definite boundary between interior and exterior, natural and artificial, the house and nature blend gradually into each other. By following the rich landform of the site and creating an edgeless roof, the existence of the house almost disappears."

Julien De Smedt ties his building to the landscape by means of a spatial system where rooms are, he says, like artificial waves with each wave transforming itself into a room or a panoramic viewpoint.

“We have decided to create architecture out of nature,” De Smedt adds. “We have designed a house that manipulates the landscape without adding anything to it. A house in symbiosis with its environment. A house that celebrates views and protects itself from being viewed.”

Construction is due to begin in July with the houses completed by December 2009.

MVRDV


MVRDV 2
MVRDV

Graft
Graft


Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma 2
Kengo Kuma

Halim Suh
Halim Suh

Akihisa Hirata
Akihisa Hirata

IaN
IaN

Toshiko Mori
Toshiko Mori

Fernando Menis
Fernando Menis

Yung Ho Chang
Yung Ho Chang

Julien De Smedt
Julien De Smedt

David Chun-Tei Tseng
David Chun-Tei Tseng

Shu-Chang Kung
Shu-Chang Kung


Irving Hung-Hui Huang
Irving Hung-Hui Huang

Ray Chen
Ray Chen

Jay  Wen-Chieh Chiu
Jay Wen-Chie Chiu

Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu
Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu

Yu-Tung Liu
Yu-Tung Liu

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