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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

Urban Design Marco Casagrande | Cicada

Marco Casagrande | Cicada‘Cicada’  finnished by architect Marco Casagrande is a cocoon-like spatial installation in a highly industrial region of Taipei, Taiwan. Conceived as ‘urban acupuncture’ for the city, the bamboo structure loosely envelopes an organic volume which responds to the human scale.

Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Measuring 34 meters in length, the inhabitable shelter sits on a small strip of green amidst busy roads and an elevated train track. The surrounding ground features a oval footprint of broken rocks and concrete, defining a walkway that eventually leads to the entrance of the installation. Strips of bamboo are woven through a simple criss-crossing armature, resulting in a permeable shell that filters sunlight into the interior. The ambience of the city remains present but diluted within the structure.

Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Undulating slightly in its height, ‘cicada’ is designed to perform as a public forum for visitors.

Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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Marco Casagrande | Cicada

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The layout is loose and accommodating, revolving around a central fireplace situated under an aperture in the roof. Small benches provide flexible seating along the length of the installation.

 
Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
Architect: Marco Casagrande
Measures: 34 m long, 12 m wide, 8 m high
Interior space: 270 m2
Materials: bamboo, broken concrete, broken glass, steel, earth, creapers
Completed: 2011
Casagrande Laboratory for Cicada: Frank Chen, Yu-Chen Chiu, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Photo: AdDa
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