Office of Soil Waste Management 

Supra-Simplicities

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

AREA
240 M²

CATEGORY
Workshop, Offices

YEAR
2021

PHOTOGRAPHS
Dirk Heindoerfer

LEAD ARCHITECT
Han Kuo

DESIGN TEAM
Hsu Naiyuan, Lu Shinyu

LOCATION
Yanchao District, Taiwan (ROC)

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

This small project humbly sits in the countryside, approximately a one-hour drive from the center of Kaohsiung City, a southern metropolis in Taiwan.

Commissioned by a client who owns a 1.27-hectare land for soil waste management and treatment, the major request was simple yet crucial that they expected this building to become the place where they could survey the whole site and be capable of immediately understanding the actual situation at any moment.

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

This small box-like building is not only their watchhouse but also functions as an administrative office in an attempt to monitor working progress and organization of the whole area; Consequently, the design should be open without any visual obstacle to disrupt their supervision.

Hence, the relationship between the office and the landscape of soil waste is the primary essence of design.

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

Frequently occupied by multiple types of heavy-duty “objects”, including trucks and excavators, the office is depicted as one of the family members, especially as parenthood looking after other mobile equipment and vehicle.

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

By deliberately comparing the scale of all moving objects, from biggest vehicles to smallest ones, Like hydraulic table carts, the design of the office is intentionally optimized in a similar scale and size.

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

The second level is an opaque solid volume for the archive and storage, floating above the ground floor by stacking upon the transparent office space.

The building consists of two levels with two distinctive characteristics, transparency and opaqueness, focusing outward and inward respectively.

The first level as an administrative office is mainly a circular space enclosed by transparent glass in order to keep it visually openGiving an almost 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding field and extending visual angle.

Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer

It’s cladded by stainless-steel corrugated sheets, neutrally reflecting the environment and sky on the façade surface. Semi-outdoor shading space under the “metal box” also offers a great place to rest in the semi-tropical climate of Taiwan.


Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer
Office of Soil Waste Management
© Dirk Heindoerfer


Office of Soil Waste Management
Section 01
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Section 02


Office of Soil Waste Management
Plan - Ground Floor
Office of Soil Waste Management
Plan - 1st Floor


Office of Soil Waste Management
Diagram 01
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Diagram 02
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Diagram 02


Office of Soil Waste Management
Structure Diagram
Office of Soil Waste Management
Detail
Office of Soil Waste Management
Plan - Site


Office of Soil Waste Management
Scale Diagram