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 Taiwan Island.

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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