20 architects from all over the world will be meeting in Taiwan.
Their goal is to design 20 houses on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. NEXT-GENE is the name of the project that brings them together to work on a quality residential development designed to be a telescope over the magnificent landscape of the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, about 50 minutes from Taipei. The masterplan provides an intimate and immediate relationship with the open spaces. At the same time it offers the possibility for a direct comparison among different approaches to architectural research.
The international architects invited to participate are: Yung Ho Chang (China/USA), Julien De Smedt (Denmark), GRAFT (Germany), Akihisa Hirata (Japan), IaN+ (Italy), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Fernando Menis (Spain), Toshiko Mori (Japan/USA), MVRDV (the Netherlands), Hailim Suh (Korea).
The Taiwanese architects are: Shu-Chang Kung, David Chun-Tei Tseng, Kris Yao, Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu, Kyle Chia-kai Yang, Hsueh-Yi Chien, Irving Hung-Hui Huang, Ray Chen, Sheng-Yuan Huang, Yu-Tung Liu. The client is Tai-Nien Lu (President of Genuine Development Asset Management Co. Ltd.), with project coordination by Yu-Tung Liu (Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture in National Chiao Tung University).
Surveying of the site has already begun and construction is due to start in July 2008 and be completed by December 2009. The first projects will be unveiled in early 2008.