Hualien – A bamboo pavilion in Taiwan’s scenic Hualien province is raising awareness, aiding the environment and supporting indigenous peoples simultaneously. Placed in the Da Nong Da Fu Forest, the pavilion served as the primary venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Taiwanese Masadi Art Festival earlier this year.
Eleven freshly-cut green bamboo vaults protrude from the ground, forming rings that encircle a central stage-like gathering space. Despite being ‘open air,’ the pavilion has a sense of enclosure, offering shade and seating for those watching performances on the central stage.
‘The pavilion’s relationship to the existing site is diaphanous and light,’ say principals Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang of nARCHITECTS. ‘It sits lightly in its environment with minimal disruption, yet with lighting becomes a beacon at night, underscoring the relative emptiness of the valley.’
nARCHITECTS worked with an indigenous tribe, whose members cut and prepared the bamboo for the pavilion; the architects also participated in the process, so they can use the traditional 'green' skills in later projects. Parts of the pavilion were also made using wood reclaimed from a tsunami.