Jack Chen talks about designing for experience _ A Section Cut with Tsai Design
Tsai Design is a relatively young practice, bursting onto the scenes with the director, Jack Chen’s Type Street Apartment. I say down with Jack, in his beautiful apartment, to find out a bit more.
From a young age, Jack wanted to be an architect, having a strong passion for art. “I love to draw since I was young,” Jack explains “even back then though, I know I can’t survive being just an artist.” This path led him to work at a variety of practices, giving him a wide range of exposure and experience. “They all have their unique take on architecture,” Jack says “there was an environmental consultant, there was a feng shui architect, there was an artist, it was very eclectic.” He was able to take all these specialties and they helped mould him into the architect that he is today.
His approach to architecture can be quite evident in his own apartment, that is working with constraints. “Inspiration for my work comes from the constraints that I’m faced with,” Jack tells me “that could be the site constraints, the constraints from the clients requirement, it could be budgetary constraints.” Jack then seeks out the most logical solution which ties everything together, and this solution generally formulates his design concept.
Watch the video above for the full interview.