Kelly Chan. January 13, 2012
As the island of Taiwan passed through the hands of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, its capital city Taipei evolved a distinct hybrid urbanism, marked by a square grid plan of vast uniform blocks containing a chaotic mixture of Eastern and Western architectures. Much of the city is dressed in concrete, and the tension of an organic city bursting out of its rigid plan is almost palpable.
Responding to this environment, Finnish architect Marco Casagrande has constructed a cocoon-like spatial intervention in the heart of industrial Taipei. ‘Cicada’ is a bamboo structure that subverts the concrete malaise of Taipei, functioning as “urban acupuncture” for the city by introducing a wholly organic form built on a decidedly human scale. More after the jump.”