Taisugar circular village / Formosana bio-architecture
Text description provided by the architects. Modularization is crucial in larger scale urban developments to make assembly and disassembly of manufacturing more efficient and to simplify building material bank stocks. The “Circular Village” is made up of three “circular blocks” where the living quarters are located, “Circular field” where it is made up 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 the food is produced.
In the circular economy, materials are reused and virtually no waste is created. The design stage takes into account assembly under construction and deconstruction after use. Some of the materials used include recycled and green materials. For example, reclaimed hardwood from the old dilapidated buildings of TaiSugar was used as the main structure for the E-House while their recycled rail tracks were designed as a fence around the outskirts of the ground.
In addition, the wooden planks from the old buildings were treated and reused as a wooden frame for the pivoting door of C-House. To reduce carbon emissions, we have opted for green materials such as CLT (cross-laminated timber) and recycled LED glass insulating blocks for the facade and interior partition.
In order to design for disassembly, steel was chosen as the structural material rather than reinforced concrete. Modular building components such as prefabricated printed circuit boards, metal louvers for facade, prefabricated floor panels for slabs were used in conjunction with BIM software to build up the BAMB database. In order to better respect the spirit of the circular economy, the ownership of the elevator, lighting, furniture and sanitary facilities has been replaced by use, therefore in other words, rented instead of ‘to be bought.