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c laboratory: ruin academy
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oct 05, 2010
c laboratory: ruin academy



‘ruin academy’ by c- laboratory
all photos © adda courtesy c – laboratory

 

 

 

‘ruin academy’, taipei, taiwan is an independent cross-over architectural research centre in the urban core -area of taipei, taiwan. the academy is run in co-operation between the finnish based casagrande laboratory and taiwanese JUT foundation for arts & architecture. ruin academy is ‘set to re-think the industrial city and the man in the box’. it organizes workshops and courses for various taiwanese and international universities including the national taiwan university department of sociology, tamkang university department of architecture, aalto university sustainable global technologies centre and helsinki university of arts and design department of environmental art. the research and design tasks move freely in-between architecture, urban design, environmental art and other disciplines of art and science within the general framework of built human environment.

 

the ruin academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central taipei. all the interior walls of the building and all the windows are removed in order to grow bamboo and vegetables inside the house. the professors and students sleep and work in mahogany made ad-hoc dormitories and have a public sauna on the 5th floor. the building is penetrated with 6 inch holes in order to let ‘rain inside. the academy is viewed as an example or fragment of a third generation city, the organic ruin of  the industrial city.


the basement level


trees grow from below the floorboard


the lounge


the vegetable garden


the dormitory


bathroom area


outdoor fireplace


the passageway to the sauna


the sauna


the exterior of the building


plants grown on the balconies


the 5 story apartment block


basement level
drawing by marco casagrande


study level
drawing by marco casagrande

 


drawing by marco casagrande

 

 


floor plan
drawing by marco casagrande

 

 


floor plan
drawing by marco casagrande

 

 

floor plan
drawing by marco casagrande

 

 

project info:

 

500 m2 / 5 floors, 20 m deep, 5 m wide.
concrete, mahogany, white gravel, top-soil, 6 inch holes.
bamboo, taro, chinese cabbage, passion fruit, aspenium nidus, wild trees, ferns and undergrowth.

basement
– blown open and filled with top soil.
– construction waste for a drainage layer.
– 5 olive trees.

1st floor, ‘archive’
– 6 inch segments of the house on white stones.
– 6 inch holes in the long facade.
– mahogany bridge over the basement-hole.
– pile of dirt in the far corner with taro.
– fire-place.

2nd floor, ‘student dormitory’
– mahogany sleeping unit for 4 students.
– working tables growing bamboo, mahogany.
– vegetable garden with passion fruit, aspenium nidus and chinese cabbage.
– 6 inch holes through the floor and ceiling.
– kitchen and toilet.

3rd floor, ‘professor’s deck’
– mahogany bed on wheels.
– bamboo growing through windows.
– 6 inch holes through the floor and ceiling.
– kitchen and toilet.

4th floor, ‘lounge’
– stage.
– bamboo growing through windows.
– 6 inch holes through the floor and ceiling.
– toilet.
– fire-place.

5th floor, ‘sauna’
– public sauna, all mahogany – best sauna in the pacific.
– chill-out room, white stones.
– showers with bamboo and taro.
– 6 inch hole.

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