Text description provided by the architects. Convenience within the wilderness
The site is at 900m above sea level off the forest trail in Donyanshan Forest Recreation area in Fu-Hsing Town, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. It is surrounded by mix-species of forest with fresh air.
We tried to fit the practical need of the public as well as create a landmark architecture in the area.
To keep the natural slope, the toilet was lifted up by steel braced columns to have minimal effect on the topography and natural forest.
Even when returning to nature, human needs require a convenient solution. Therefore the decision was made to nest the facility near the trunks of surrounding trees, using a frosted glass facade to illuminate the shadows of human visitors.
Furthermore, a decision was made to pay respect and have minimal influence on the natural environment.
We chose steel structure and glass as two main materials as they could be recycled.
Further, the materials could be fabricated on site to reduce the length of the construction and overall environmental impact.