As a Flower Festival pavilion located in the remote mountains, the mission is to provide a resting point while enhancing visitors' experiences during the festival. Boolean Birdhouse is a creative interpretation of timber frame structure exhibiting amazing spatial characters. The design also brings birds and humans under the same roof for biodiversity awareness during one's visit. Interior projection mapping is an integrated art form which promotes nature conservation awareness and mutually enhances the design agenda.
As a Flower Festival pavilion located in the remote mountains, the mission is to provide a resting point while enhancing visitors' experiences during the festival. Human beings are under unprecedented influence from the Covid19 pandemics. Home regains its significance and involves our daily lives even stronger. This led to a narrative that family and home is where one found love and awesomeness yet along with complications. Our design rooted from this narrative and re-interpreted it by stacking five individual house-shape volumes and removing the overlapped area to create a booleaned interior which conveys unique spatial experiences from its complex geometries and wooden structures. One might even notices there are seven peculiar boxes with opening on the facades. Yes, a house for both people and birds under one roof! The birdhouse concept came into play to bring birds from the woods to an open field which encourages visitors aware of these wonderful species. We hope visitors enjoy this little surprise. As for the facade design, wood shingles made of Taiwania firs, were arranged with various patterns as well as bark finishes to give a natural presence as a wood cabin also as birdhouses which blends into its surroundings.
Boolean Birdhouse is located at an open square in the remote part of Yangmingshan National Park. Visitors are there for hiking or to see the Flower Clock attraction. As a resting junction with rather flat slope, people tend to stop by this square but find it barely has any sheltered area. We came up with this wood cabin idea to provide shades and resting fixtures where one may experience a contrast to the given surroundings by entering a space with only indirect light and projection art installation for a meditating experiences.
Boolean Birdhouse was given a mission to challenge a spatial typology which architecturally blends in the natura setting but reinterpret messages that awaken people’s awareness of nature with simply architectural format and digital media. It was quite a task to create such format but we successfully delivered a wooden frame structure which takes advantage of the requirement to somehow isolate visitors but at the same time fortify their awareness of mother nature. The frame structure utilizes continuous stacked walls and roofs to form a wooden shell for a dimmed ambience that will allow our digital media contents to be viewed. The shell further expresses the complex and monumental characters of such building even though the actual built area was merely 80 square meters.
The interior is mainly for sheltering and exhibition, in which one may find a cozy position to enjoy a moment of meditation. The circulation is curated to have visitors entering from two different entrances on the opposite side shaping different vantage points to appreciate the spatial characters. Since the interior space is semi-disconnected, visitors are expected to engage both inside and outside of the building to complete the experience which makes more sense for a project in such specific location. Projection mapping is an integrated art form presenting fantastic visual drama promoting nature conservation awareness which mutually enhancing the design agenda.
When we were strolling around the site, we noticed beautiful bird chirping sounds from time to time but barely saw any. We realized the open area in the mountains has no sheltering place for birds. They keep themselves away from the square and hide in trees further away. While we were to come up with a resting shelter for visitors, why not let the birds in? Our design then incorporate seven bird houses to introduce beings to the birds and vice versa. This rephrases our intention to let the architecture be the medium to celebrate the wonderfulness of bio-diversities on our given land.
Inside Boolean Birdhouse is an exciting display of a challenging recreation of wooden frame structure. Each stacked volume plays a role to balance out the whole building. Pitched and curved roofs, overhangs and a suspended resting platform all give the project the beauty of complexation, visually and structurally. Many parts, especially roof structures were carefully designed and digitally fabricated for precise assembly. Digital media was curated to render the complex shapes with vivid natural images as a visual symphony. People here may experience the serenity or orchestrated media impact upon different timeline during exhibitions.
Trees are breathing with a rhythm through a day, year after year, slow and unseen. It is, however, a critical part of nature cycle that plants give back what they don’t need back to nature. Evapotranspiration is the phenomenon of evaporate excessive water taking from soil into the air, a move to keep trees grow and healthy. As an opportunity for an urban couple to construct a weekend getaway house on a tree, it is this opportunity that they can further interact with the nature.
The design is inspired by the mentioned observation. It investigates into the transpiration of plants and turns the subtle gesture into visualization on the tree house building skin so to have tree house breathing simultaneously with its host.
The programs and floor layout are designed to augment the expectation of a weekend house from an urban couple. Different floors have various openness to the nature which are designated to provide gathering, privacy and meditation. LIBRARY DECK/ SEMI PUBLIC/ SHELTERED OPEN AIR AREA Space area: 28.4 square meters, high ceiling with panorama glazing rooftop Program: library with nature view fix into a V shape of the branches and hung from other branches as well
The ‘breathing’ façade is made possible by adopting moisture sensitive polymer as ‘muscle tissues’ between modules which senses high moisture and opens the skin under various environmental factors that causes higher transpiration rate from the tree and uncomfortable microclimate within the house. The transitional pattern is reflecting the need for privacy and view from the inside. Once distribution is set, the pattern demonstrates different degrees of openness, for example, the contrast between day and night, rain or shine, even summer and winter