Situated in Tainan, Humei Redevelopment Zone, Flora Chateau derives from two opposite aspects- vertically and horizontally, putting two contradictory aspects together colliding intensively first and fusing perfectly later. With the space (the balconies with boards) extending horizontally and the tree growing vertically, the whole building becomes more interesting and facilitative for ventilation and shading as the vegetation filters the air and dust.

Global Design & Architecture Design Awards 2023
Third Award | Housing (upto 5 floors) (Built)

Project Name: Flora Chateau
Category: Built – Housing (upto 5 floors)
Studio Name: Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute
Design Team: Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design
Area: 641.73 m2
Year: 2023/04
Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Photography Credits: Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design  

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Flora Chateau has driven its name from planting a large amount of greenery, making a lively atmosphere with a sensitive reflection by highlighting the flow of the wind and the shift of light and shadow, embedding a sense of natural landscapes in human living. For instance, the ceiling windows offer a panorama without any disturbance, reflecting the changes in trees and shadows as time goes by. Coated with white paints in correspondence with the lightweight modules, it is not only a sensitive reflection of the movement of lights but also a careful consideration of Taiwan’s geography location on the seismic zone. What’s more, taking sustainability into account as well, recyclable materials such as the great use of aluminum and glass bring out the corresponding relationship between the environment and the trees.

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As mentioned, the white cortex coating of the building is conducive to the richness of the shadows that play over it and the facade of the building frame in the sunlight. The variability of the light projection from east to west is now visible to human eyes. We apply the Chinese philosophy of “Yin and Yang” and traditional Chinese “Feng Shui” to the architecture, making the architecture an attractive appearance and enriching meaningful connotations. Collided with the brightness of the building itself, the swaying oak trees and green maples in the yards balance the space with a vivid waver of the shadow as the sun rises from the East every morning. While in the afternoon, the shadow of the plants saves energy for the building, creating a place for both humanity and nature to live peacefully and harmoniously together.

The outline of the building is drawn with the extension of the horizontal windows with metal decorations and STO coating, while the use of color represents the vertical and horizontal disparity. The intertwined arrangement of the geometry construction and the retracted columns make the three-dimensional space a perfect zone for people to enjoy seasonal changes indoors and the appearance outdoors. In addition to the appearance, the balconies are staggered to make sure the privacy of the residents, without worrying to be disturbed by neighbors. The landscape extends vertically to create a broader view, as a symbol of living positively and thrivingly. The outer cantilever beam frame of the building makes the project more modern and liter.

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We hope to deliver a concept to the Asian: a house is more than just an everyday luxurious material comfort but a place to internalize our souls. It is a place for spiritual enrichment instead of material enslavement.