Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Area: 5657.0 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
From the architect. Working with the contours along the landscape terrain, the design response to the strong wind and sand in winter, as well as the intense sunlight in summer.
Looking carefully into the surrounding contexts and datum levels, the design reuse the structure of an existing building, extended it through slanted slabs into the new additions, connecting the building to the sloped ground and reduces the level differences created by the retaining wall.
Large pieces of tilted roof-slabs against the north wind open up sea views for the building while allows natural greens growing in the south facing slopes, while smaller pieces of roofs carefully open up toward the south moderating natural light into the interior programs inside.
By providing shadings for the naturally ventilated semi-outdoor spaces facing the sea where visitors’ activities take place, the design with undulating rooftop not only integrates with the topography, but also changes the traditional binary relationship between landscape and architecture.