Marco Casagrande




Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa - Finland. The house is in the forest as much as the forest is in the house – the architecture is a mediator between the modern man and nature. Apelle is built by two local carpenters used to for building both houses and wooden boats. According to the carpenters, this is a boat.

Designer: Marco Casagrande (Finland)
Manufacturer: Länsi-Uudenmaan Rakennuspalvelu Oy (Finland)
Inspired By: forest
Material: wood
Colours: white
Dimension: 140 m2



Sandworm is an organic structure/space/creature realized on the dunes of the Wenduine coastline, Belgium.
The visitors are describing the Sandworm as a willow cathedral finely tuned to celebrate the site specific conditions of the Wenduine tidal beaches. The space is used for picnics, relaxation and post industrial meditation.

Designer: Marco Casagrande (Finland)
Manufacturer: Casagrande Laboratory (Finland)
Inspired By: Dunes
Material: willow, sand
Dimension: 45 m long x 10 m high x 10 m wide


Illegal Architecture

Hsieh takes his commands from the jungle. So does the Taiwanese citizen built illegal architecture. This architecture uses the “official” city as a growing platform and energy source, where to attach itself like a parasite and from where to leach the electricity and water. This is para-city.

Designer: Hsieh Ying-Chun (Taiwan)
Inspired By: Taipei anarchist architecture
Material: scaffolding
Colours: white


Ruin Academy

Ruin academy is set to re-think the industrial city and the moden man in a box. It organizes workshops and courses for various Taiwanese and international universities. The Academy is viewed as an example or fragment of the Third Generation City, the organic ruin of the industrial city.
Without his ruins man is just a common ape.

Casagrande Laboratory with JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture.

Designer: Marco Casagrande (Finland)
Inspired By: Grandmothers
Material: Mahogany, top-soil, bamboo
Dimension: 500 m3


Car Park

An old Mazda having a Driveabout in Melbourne. One of these days these streets are going to get organized. Marco Casagrande @ RMIT during the Sensoria Melbourne design festival.

Designer: Marco Casagrande (Finland)
Manufacturer: RMIT Architecture Department (Australia)
Inspired By: Walkabout
Material: Mazda, nature
Colours: white


Public Attic

A Public Attic for Helsinki.
Attic is the memory of a house. Also a city can have an attic. A public attic to reflect the collective subconscious.
People were bringing objects to our Public Attic and exchanging them for free. This became a small spontaneous community centre. Improvised architecture.

Designer: Casagrande Laboratory (Finland)
Inspired By: Andrei Tarkovsky
Material: recycled wood


Bug Dome

The building is an un-official social club for illegal workers from the Chinese countryside.

Designer: WEAK!
Inspired By: insects
Material: bamboo, wood, gravel, recycled concrete
Dimension: 120 m2


Yuo Yuan

Glass garden for Venice Biennale 2006.

Designer: Marco Casagrande (Finland)
Manufacturer: C-Laboratory (Taiwan)
Inspired By: Treasure Hill
Material: recycled glass



Three abandoned barn houses have risen on their legs and longing after their farmers they are now marching towards the cities of the south.

Designer: Casagrande & Rintala (Finland)
Manufacturer: Casagrande & Rintala (Finland)
Inspired By: desertation process of Finnish countryside
Material: wood
Colours: no


Post Industrial Fleet

Recycling strategies of ships in various sizes out of duty. Bio-Ship, Community Ship, Floating Village...

Designer: CREW*31 (Denmark)
Manufacturer: Martin Ross (United States)
Inspired By: Alang
Material: Steel
Colours: No
Dimension: Big
Price: 5.000.000 Euro


Treasure Hill

Rehabilitation, restoration and legitimazing process of an illegal community of urban farmers inside Taipei. Simultaneous ruin and construction site; Third Generation City.

Designer: Marco Casagrande
Manufacturer: Hsieh Ying-Chun (Taiwan)
Inspired By: Ruin. Jungle. River.


Floating Sauna

A Floating Sauna for Rosendahl Village by the Hardangerfjord in Norway. Glows like a lantern at night. Semi transparent walls shows when the things are cooking.

Designer: Casagrande & Rintala (Finland)
Manufacturer: Västlands Kunstakademiet (Norway)
Inspired By: Finnish and Norwegian cultures.
Material: Timber, construction plastic
Dimension: 5 x 5 x 3 metres
Price: 10.000 Norwegian


Chamber of the Post Urbanist

One has to die a bit to be reborne. City is dead, long live the compost. For my urban sins I needed Post-Urban Rehabilitation and for my sins they gave me one: the cave. Every time I wake up in this chamber the walls move a little bit closer. When I am here, I want to be in the city and when I am there all I want is to get back into the cave. - Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art

Designer: Marco Casagrande (Finland)
Manufacturer: Martin Metalgod Ross (United States)
Material: steel


Chen House by C-Laboratory

The house is realized on an old Japanese cherry-farm in the Datun -mountains of North-Taiwan. It is designed as a vessel to react on the demanding wind, flooding and heat conditions on the site.

Ruin is when man-made has become part of nature. With this house we were looking forward to design a ruin.

Designer: C-Laboratory
Manufacturer: C-Laboratory
Material: mahogany, concrete





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