Key Dates

20 July 2023 - Launch Deadline
21 September 2023 - Standard Deadline
7 December 2023 - Extended Deadline
15 December 2023 - Judging
10 January - Winners Announced


Project Overview

The base is 975.2 square meters and is close to schools and parks. The project is planned for six villas with elevators. The architects believe that the building should go beyond the residential function, so that "eco-buildings" can be realized in daily life. Given this, the project has two cores. The first is a green design, with Subcostate Crape Myrtles planted in a four-meter retracted green corridor with a blessing meaning. In addition, the balcony of each villa is planned with greenery, so that the overall greening percentage reaches 40%. Every household can extend the elegance of the mountains and rivers and visualize the intellectual humanities in their lives. Secondly, to enhance the artistic value of the home to achieve quality of life and collectability at the same time. The architects used the natural stone Viscount White as the base to create a timeless landscape. Next, the wood grain kiln-fired bricks and grilles present the essence of Japanese contemporary architecture. The lightness of the glass and the greenery shape an aesthetic that is just right.


ZIZU ARKI Development&Construction Co.,Ltd.


Ching-Yen Chou

Project Brief

"Human beings are not only living creatures but also part of nature. Architecture and cities built by human beings should be constantly reorganized and regenerated through metabolism, just like living creatures. Architecture is not a space that exists alone, but an ecosystem that is connected to nature and entwines and embraces each other." Japanese metabolism school's architect Akihisa Hirata said.
Architecture is about creating a harmonious interaction between the inside and the outside, allowing the land, the building, and the people to form a lifestyle. With the lush foliage swaying in the wind, the living room's large windows welcome the sunlight. At the same time, the breeze allows the space to naturally regulate temperature and breathing.
The villa is the beginning of a new understanding of living. The expectation turns into the light of hope, like a key connecting the sky and the land. Over time, the residents define and realize their ideal life.

Project Innovation/Need

●Bookcase Architectural Imagery. The wood grille, glass transparency, colorful stone, and green trees blend in with the surrounding environment to form the perfect proportions and aesthetics. The building becomes a timeless piece of landscape art, forming the cozy elevation angle.
The large floor-to-ceiling glass allows unobstructed light to illuminate the interior and explore the space. The energy of light warms every area, allowing everything to enjoy the softness of being enveloped in daylight. At the same time, the architects took into account the angle of lighting, skillfully avoiding the afternoon western exposure. As the trajectory of light through the grille slowly fades from one side to the other over time, the range of shadows quietly extends. This is like a natural timepiece, accurately reminding the passage of minutes and seconds, and serving as a guide to life.
●Framed Architecture, Frameless Life
The framing of the project makes the windows of each unit look like a painting that changes over time. The width of the building is perfectly symmetrical and proportional. The light from different angles reflects on the landscape and responds to the light, creating shadows and thus shaping the atmosphere.

Design Challenge

Respecting the characteristics of the environment, the architect spent more time than others on the site to develop the floor plans of the six villas, discussing the views of each house, each floor, and each window. Even from the size of the windows and the direction of the wind during the four seasons, he has been thinking about every aspect that affects the living space. He thought about what the area would look like in 20 years, and whether it would change due to the surrounding landforms to create a beautiful scene.


In terms of heat insulation, LOW-E laminated glass can reduce heat, shield against sunlight, and has a long service life. The three-meter-high gate is made of thick stone with composite shelves and is 10 centimeters thick from the structure to insulate it from high temperatures. The roof is covered with three layers of heat insulation, including a tile layer, a PC layer, and a waterproof layer, to prevent the indoor temperature from rising due to continuous sun exposure.
On the exterior of the building, each façade has decorative lines. The glass is fitted with covers to divert rainwater and minimize dust and stains. After decades, the greenery has become lusher, but the exterior of the building is as clean as new, in keeping with the core spirit of the architect's vision of the project as an "artifact".
In terms of greenery, each floor is placed with a green plant. The outdoor green corridor is also set back by four meters. The tallest Subcostate Crape Myrtle reaches nine meters, making the overall greening ratio of the project as high as 40%.

This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow.
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