Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Ring of Celestial Bliss in Hsinchu, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
The Lantern Festival is the last of the series of spring festivals that celebrate the Chinese New Year (Feb. 9 ~24, 2013). During this time, people come together to offer good wishes and pray for more blessings in the coming year.
In this spirit, the main lantern for this year’s Taiwan Lantern Festival, is aptly themed the “Ring of Celestial Bliss”. Its concept, based on the Chinese saying of “Blessings as high as the sky”, is vividly conveyed in all aspects of the design.
Situated in a park, a triangular site plan enclosing the circular main lantern reflects the corporate logo of the sponsor – Delta Electronics, while suggesting the possibility of immense happiness brought on by the ideal combination of the pragmatic and idealistic sides of technology.
From the outside, the lantern appears as a glowing object hovering in the night, a feat achieved through the special design of the steel structure. When standing inside the lantern, one is surrounded by a ring of ever-moving projected images produced by the latest projection technology and LED lighting, which serve as a metaphor for nature’s endless cycle of life and inspires prayers for the future. Further more, the shifting inclination of the screen leads to a more dynamic viewing experience and is the culmination of determination and ingenuity when faced with a complex design challenge.
The choice of form and materials for the lantern is inspired by the historical and cultural characteristics of Hsinchu, whose ancient name was “City of Bamboo Walls”. While reusable steel is utilized as the primary structural material, the outer cladding is consisted of bamboo trunks. The inner projection screen is made of recycled materials and bamboo sections are used as a permeable flooring material. The locally sourced construction materials have the additional benefit of being environment-friendly with a reduced transportation carbon footprint.
“Ring of Celestial Bliss” inspired by local characteristics and realized with Taiwanese technology and design, the project conveys a profound respect for nature while providing an auspicious vision for the future.