勤美學森大 The Forest BIG




The location of this project is on the south side of the Shangri-La Park in Miaoli. Through the Forest BIG initiative, it is currently undergoing a transition period as the area is transformed into a forest that serves as a model intersecting both human and natural experiences and the gathering of knowledge. In a large experimental base field such as this, the five-needle pine and secondary forest vegetation which surround it create a pond and garden-esque landscape. Outside of this landscape, within the native foliage the occasional abandoned equipment or facility of the previously existing amusement park create a unique postmodern landscape where the land has been reclaimed by nature.

Main building:
An abandoned residence located within a flat valley has been chosen as the base for the project. Nearly 300 meters of agricultural grade transparent silver nets have been knit together to create a space enclosing the residency at the center, the pond, and the grass, so that the majority of activities can occur within the enclosure.The original ruined Chinese-style palace residences have been transformed into highly protected spaces that are used mainly as classrooms, kitchen space, rear space and workshops. The exterior of almost the entire building has been covered with large amounts of silver mesh and a misting system to combat the heat of the valley. In the main interior space is a collection of large rocks that were scattered nearby. These rocks are arranged, inverted, rotated, and fixed in place to use as replacements for every day furniture. For external lightning, a 3cm thick 3 meter squared Poly has been used as an external window system for the first time, giving off the soft luster of a pearl.

Ring Shaped Gallery:
60% of this un-closed ring shaped gallery is made of silver agricultural nets knit together as well as reinforced galvanized steel pipes to form a 300-meter long corridor, creating a slight sheltering effect from the surrounding wilderness. The scattered shadows cast by the canopy softly and sensually connect each of these multipurpose useable spaces. To a certain degree, also serving as a natural workshop which provides an experience created by the blending of wilderness and garden that allows for those that visit to learn more about nature, plants, and insects. From a protected space that provides visitors with a partially comfortable experience, through a journey made up of multiple non-typical spaces, and the "natural classroom" that is expected from this project.

2018 / location: Miaoli, Taiwan / site area: 10 hec. / building area: 500 m2 / principal use: multifunctional event area /photo credit: Divooe Zein Architects, The Forest BIG