Zuo Studio builds arching bamboo pavilion over water in Taiwan
Zuo Studio designed a
bamboo pavilion exhibition hall for the Taichung Real Estate Development
Association as part of the 2018 World Flora Exposition. The bamboo expedition
has a large span over a water body to craft a shadowed place for visitors to
sit and relax in Huludun Park in Taiwan.
The design is inspired
by the natural and iconic beauty of the central mountain range that runs across
The structure details of
the bamboo pavilion consist of light steel and Moso bamboo. The base is supported
by stout bamboo and Makino bamboo is used for weaving the structure. The view
of the landform surrounded by water is visible through the gaps between the
bamboos. The bamboo pavilion consists of 320 bamboo plants that were grown for
over 3 years. The plants are 30 meters long and 10 meters high.
“Standing as a
symbol of Taiwanese culture, all of the projects is conceived in a green, low
carbon, traditional and innovative perspective, using local materials and
craft,” said Zuo Studio.
The state of Taiwan
traditionally used bamboo for building houses until the modern materials and
construction practices took over. The elements of the pavilion such as
furniture, fixtures, and railings were designed by the local craftsmen.
Zuo Studio studied the
traditional and cultural history of the town and hence, demonstrated the
sustainable and renewable material into their plan. Bamboo is fast-growing and
mold resistant, it serves as a perfect material for construction in tropical
climates. The lower carbon construction by the studio marked a critical change
in the approach towards modern architecture. The studio was quoted as, “We
believe in the versatility and capabilities that bamboo can offer to create a
space that changes people’s perception of what a bamboo construction can be and
expand their vision.”
This timeless space
reflects the tranquility of the atmosphere. The visitor is bound to experience
the perception of walking through a bamboo forest, with the patterns forming by
the woven elements of the site. Blurring the lines between architecture and
nature, the pavilion seems nothing less than a dreamlike place. The design
emphasized on the budding relationship of an object with the ground.
“Bamboo Pavilion is
a metaphor for architecture’s footprint, like a seed that has been spread and
now grows, symbolizing our dream and hope of future, offering a more habitable
environment to our next generation,” said the studio.
Giving emphasis on
sustainable construction practices, the concrete base of the pavilion has a
formwork of bamboo offcuts. Zuo Studio will demolish the pavilion after the
expo and restore the site.
The studio has
definitely set an example on the sustainability factor related to the
architecture and enhance the harmony between human and nature. The design of
bamboo pavilion has encouraged the use of sustainable building materials amidst
the consistent modern developments in the country.
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