Taisugar Circular Village

Taisugar Circular Village

Architect
Bio Architecture Formosana
Location
Tainan, Taiwan | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Housing
Studio Millspace

Taisugar Circular Village

Bio Architecture Formosana as Architects

Modularization is crucial in larger scale urban developments to make fabrication assembly and disassembly more efficient and simplify the stocks of building material bank.

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The “Circular Village” is made up of the three “Circular Blocks” where the living quarters are located, “Circular Field” where it consists of a “C-House,” an “E-House” and a “C-Farm.” The C-House functions as the living room of the village, the E-House as the kitchen, while the C-Farm is the garden where food is produced.

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In the circular economy, materials are reused and virtually no waste is created. The design stage takes into account assembly in construction and deconstruction after use. Some of the materials used include recycled and green materials. For instance, the salvaged hardwood from TaiSugar’s old dilapidated buildings were used as the main structure for the E-House while their recycled railway tracks were designed as fence on the ground periphery. Also, the wooden planks from the old buildings were treated and reused as the wooden frame for the pivoted door at C-House. As to reduce the carbon emissions, we have opted for green materials like CLT (cross laminated timber) and recycled LED glass insulation blocks for the façade and internal partition.

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In order to design for disassembly, steel was chosen as the structural material rather than reinforced concrete.

Modular building components such as prefabricated PC boards, metal louvers for the façade, prefabricated floor panels for slabs were used in conjunction with BIM software to comprise the BAMB database. In order to further fulfil the spirit of circular economy, the ownership for the elevator, lighting, furniture, and sanitary fixtures were replaced with usership—so in other words, rented instead of purchased.

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