Hsieh Yin-Chun, who was just awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize, is given the laurel of 2011 Taiwan Architecture Award by his refugee house for Qinhe Tribe in the remote mountain area in southern Taiwan. The homeland of indigenous Qinhe Tribe was destroyed by the devastating deluge in 2009, since that time the area has been under constant threat of storms or torrential rains.
Qinhe Refugee Center:
Qinhe Refugee Center Qinhe Refugee Center Taiwan Qinhe Refugee Center Building
photographs from Taiwan Architecture Awards
Despite the fact that Hsieh’s recent projects are all simply built structures for refugees suffering from natural disasters, the judges unanimously agree that Hsieh’s work fulfills all the conditions of excellent architecture- community oriented, meeting the needs of users, solving the problems of environmental limitations with outstanding design. The judges are impressed that even in such a simplistic and experimental project with extremely insufficient budget, the refuge house has presented great architectural and aesthetic achievement. In addition to the collective effort of tribe people in making use of available materials, the humanistic touches of details, such as doors and ladders, radiate with beauty. The bio-septic tanks for outhouses Hsieh has tried and improved for years are also a success for a place impossible to have flush toilets. The spacious rooms, showers and balconies of each unit of the refugee house give a feel of home, when tribe people have to stay here they will be hopeful.