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ChinPaoSan Necropolis – Taipei, Taiwan

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Building: ChinPaoSan Necropolis (Arrival Hall, Amphitheater, Pavilion)
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Local Architect: Chou Chienping Architects
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Local Structural Engineer: TH TSAI and Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Heng Kai Inc
Climate Engineer: Transsolar
Construction: Ongoing, expected completion 2019

AE Interest: intersecting spherical forms create symbolical geometry; openings in the intersecting spheres facilitate natural lighting; underwater photovoltaic cells increases efficiency by 20%; other sustainable energy strategies including geothermal heating & cooling, displacement ventilation, wind power, and rainwater collection.

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Written by Chou-Hsien Lin

October 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

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The Assembly – Chandigarh, India

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Building: The Assembly
Location: Chandigarh, India
Architect: Le Corbusier
Construction: 1951 – 1964

AE Interests: hyperboloid concrete shell structure with 15 cm average thickness; pilotis to elevate the structure; brise-soleil louvers in proportion with the golden ratio; rooftop trough to capture rainwater and provide solar shading.

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Written by Chou-Hsien Lin

October 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

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Bauhaus Dessau – Dessau, Germany

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Building: Bauhaus Dessau
Location: Dessau, Germany
Architect: Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer
Furniture Designer: Marcel Breuer
Construction: 1925-1926

AE Interests: Recessed columns allow for glass curtain wall; steel framework supports expansive glass facade; delicate corner columns create sense of lightness; asymmetrical wings arranged in pinwheel configuration, alluding to aircraft propellers.

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Written by Chou-Hsien Lin

October 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Built