December 20, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Twenty architects from various countries of the world are meeting in Taiwan, with the objective of designing 20 houses on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, specifically the landscape of the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, about 50 minutes away from Taipei. The master plan provides an intimate and immediate relationship with open spaces, while at the same time offering the possibility for a direct comparison among different approaches to architectural research.
Among the 10 invited international architects participating in NEXT-GENE are: Ho Chang (China/USA), Julien De Smedt (Denmark), GRAFT (Germany), Akihisa Hirata (Japan), IaN+ (Italy), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Fernando Menis (Spain), Toshiko Mori (Japan/USA), MVRDV (The Netherlands), Hailim Suh (Korea). The Taiwanese architects involved are: Shu-Chang Kung, David Chun-Tei Tseng, Kris Yao, Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu, Kyle Chia-kai Yang, Hsueh-Yi Chien, Irving Hung-Hui Huang, Ray Chen, Sheng-Yuan Huang, Yu-Tung Liu.
Among the advisors who contributed to the definition of the program are Tadao Ando, Marco Brizzi (iMage), Lily Choi (Archiworld), Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, Nobuyuki Yoshida (A+U), Alicia Yeste (La Vanguardia).
The project developer is Tai-Nien Lu (President of Genuine Development Asset Management Co. Ltd.), the coordinator is Yu-Tung Liu (Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University). Yu-Tung Liu studied at Harvard and at the MIT in Boston, and is quite renowned in the international architectural milieu. He is the founding professor of the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University and established the distinguished FEIDAD (Far East International Digital Architectural Design) Award in architecture. He focused his activity on exploring the possibility of strengthening the interaction between Eastern and European architectural cultures.
Over the next few months, Taiwan will bring together different design cultures: Western and Eastern, Mediterranean and Trans-Oceanic. The Northeast Coast National Scenic Area will become an open air laboratory where new residential scenarios will be realized. The architects have all completed their site visits, and construction will start in July 2008. The houses are expected to be completed by December 2009.