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Kaohsiung Shui Shui Pavilion / Atelier Let’s + Serendipity Studio

  • 20:00 - 12 April, 2019
Kaohsiung Shui Shui Pavilion / Atelier Let’s + Serendipity Studio
Kaohsiung Shui Shui Pavilion / Atelier Let’s + Serendipity Studio, © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
  • Clients

    Urban Development Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government
  • Structural Engineers

    Yuangang Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd.
  • Construction

    DE-JAI Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Water Mist Engineering

    Yuan Cai Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • Article Writing

    Atelier Let’s
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

“The body knows and remembers. Architectural meaning derives from archaic responses and reactions remembered by the body and the senses.”.
- Juhani Pallasmaa

© Atelier Let’s
© Atelier Let’s

Kaohsiung is a southern city surrounded by the mountains and the ocean. After a hundred years of modernization, this tropical city has become an important industrial anchor in Taiwan for the past few decades. However, there has always been a distance between Kaohsiung and Kaohsiung’s surrounding landscape.

Siteplan
Siteplan
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

Through inserting a landscape installation alongside the Kaohsiung Harbor area, we narrate an alternative narrative of our imagination towards nature softly comes into view:
We pursue tangible satisfaction and a civilized society constructed by rationality.
But we also crave for spirituality and the purely perceptive physical experience.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

The installation consists of an 18-meter and a 36-meter-long free-form concrete walls, which form an artificial canyon with a varied-width opening.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Atelier Let’s
© Atelier Let’s

The fog emerges occasionally, diffusing from the walls into the canyon. Walking in this foggy, twisted, and twirled path, one couldn’t find the exit.  Lost and overwhelmed by unfamiliarity, the body senses have once again taken charge as the sole means of communication.

Section
Section

Outside the canyon, the concrete walls are covered with meadow slope on one side, and terrazzo ramp with inlaid luminous stones on the other. As daylight slowly fades away, the installation serves as a discreet night light in the city. Devoid of any certain functionality, everyone now defines what this place is on their own.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

Perhaps our exploration towards nature does not necessarily rely on the actual nature. But rather relies on the animalistic movement of reflection that takes place within the milliseconds, the pure desire to emancipate the fully charged energy, or the sense of freedom to arbitrarily get across.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

Humans’ yearning for nature is never mere nostalgia. It is in fact deeply rooted in our habit through millions of years of biological evolution. In the blink of an eye, we are trapped in our own colossal artifacts.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Atelier Let’s
© Atelier Let’s

By means of the involvement of artificial and technological intervention, the abstract sensuous experience is made possible to reappear in the urban context. Urban/natural, artificial/organic, because of the existence of humanity, the two get reconciled.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

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Cite: "Kaohsiung Shui Shui Pavilion / Atelier Let’s + Serendipity Studio" 12 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/914560/kaohsiung-shui-shui-atelier-lets-plus-serendipity-studio/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + Yu zu-Chin

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