Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates

Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates

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Text description provided by the architects. Known as one of the main tourist spots in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake in the Hsiangshan lake district has a certain calmness that is particularly East Asian. In 2003, Norihiko Dan won the international competition for the Tourism Bureau’s Sun Moon Lake Administration office as a part of the “Landform Series.”

Site Plan

The project consists of two wings: the Visitor Center where the information gallery and an auditorium are located, and the office where the Tourism Bureau is situated.

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The basic policy was to present a new symbiotic example of the relationship between the architecture and its natural environment, which would refrain from destroying the surrounding landscapes, and bring out and expand the property’s potential strength as much as possible.

Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates - Arch, Arcade
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Buildings have been built on “top” of land since ancient times, but there are some that have been constructed directly in the land—such as the early Christian monasteries of Cappadocia, and the Yaodong dwellings of the Loess Plateau. Thus, from a historical perspective, the relationship between architecture and landform has always been variable because it reflects the rich cultures of the location.

Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates - Arch
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However, efficiency was the utmost priority for architecture in the twentieth century; less attention was paid to the relationship between landform and architecture. Therefore, undulating land was carved and beautiful cliffs were filled to suit the convenience of architecture.

Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates - Lighting, Chair
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This particular project was designed to revise the relationship between architecture and its land, including the issue of waste soil disposal. Consequently, the soil produced during the foundation construction was not disposed of but added to the volume of the building. By allowing the building this autogenous deformation, the conceptually “soft” building and its volume integrate with the soil for an amalgam of half-architecture and half-landform.

Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates - Waterfront, Forest, Beam
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Address:Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan (ROC) 555

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Cite: "Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourism Bureau / Norihiko Dan and Associates" 30 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771070/sun-moon-lake-administration-office-of-tourism-bureau-norihiko-dan-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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