The 20 Most Popular Projects of 2015
28 December 2015
Designed by the Student Architecture Team from UC Berkeley (Hsiu-Wei Chang, M.Arch 2014, Fanzheng Dong, M.Arch 2014, Hsin-Yu Chen, M.Arch 2015, Yan Xin Huang, M.Arch 2016, Baxter Smith, M.Arch 2016 and Max Edwards M.Arch 2014), the project won top honors at the 4th LIXIL International University Architectural Competition. The award included having the design built in November 2014 at Memu Meadows in Taiki-cho, Hakkaido, Japan.
The student team commented in the ArchDaily news story, "Our team of graduate students, comprised of two Taiwanese, two Chinese, and one American, sought to examine what structural and material elements we could combine to create this community and food oriented space. We recognized how modest materials and actions are celebrated in Berkeley and wanted to explore their implications in Asia. Our initial research started with techniques we find readily in California, including rammed- earth walls and straw bale construction. We presented these ideas in pursuit of a building that would introduce renewable building techniques to an area of Japan that could take advantage of these concepts. What we found was an appreciation for the difficulty of applying transnational technology in a new environment."