Friday, August 1, 2008

Bamboo Forest House by Roewu Architects

Roewu Architects from the UK have recently completed the 'bamboo forest house' a vacation house located in taiwan. designed to accommodate an extended family, the house has an unusual exterior with its bamboo screen. a karaoke lounge and a roof deck also make up areas in this house. the treated bamboo facade was incorporated into the design to provide privacy and security whilst still allowing natural light and air to flow in.

On entering the house the experience is akin to being surrounded by an organic forest. Sun light, air and shadows filter through the bamboo poles into the spaces within. The mood and quality of the spaces changes during the course of a day and shifts with the changing seasons.

In winter, a Karaoke Lounge and Spa on the second floor, form a focal point for bathing or singing. During summer, the roof deck with its variably patterned sun-shade system and surrounding bamboo, invites cooling breezes and becomes the family's favourite spot for outdoor living.

A lil bit description about Roewu Architects :

ROEWU is a young office with a global pedigree. Currently based in London the office was founded in New York City in 2003 as a collaboration between Stephen Roe (Ireland) and Chiafang Wu (Taiwan).

Since then the office has won many awards including the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York in 2005, First Prize in the Competition for Ephemeral Structures for the Athens Olympics in 2004, the Kalil Fellowship for Smart Design in 2003 and the Kevin Kieran Award from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2007 among others.

The office represented the UK at the 2006 Beijing Biennale, and is currently undertaking a major funded research project on the Weather and Architecture.


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