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nARCHITECTS’ Forest Pavilion – a temporary installation completed in May 2011 – served as a shaded meeting and performance space for visitors to the Da Nong Da Fu Forest and Eco-park in Hualien County, Taiwan. The project was conceived within the context of an art festival organized by Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau to raise public awareness of a new-growth forest that is being threated by development.

This circular gathering space emerges from the ground in a series of eleven green bamboo shading vaults, organized in two rings around a void. The plan is inspired by the rings of a tree, and the different forms of the vaults by growth patterns in nature. In the same way that the infinite variety of shapes in a tree derives from very simple branching rules, the configuration of vault shapes uses a single geometry, the parabolic arch, in a way that could in theory generate endless configurations.

Forest Pavilion’s relationship to its environment is diaphanous – the pavilion sits lightly on its site, with minimal disruption. At night, it underscores the relative emptiness of the valley.

Client: Artfield
Location: Hualien, Taiwan
Status: Completed
Dates: 2011
Program: Cultural venue for arts festival
Environmental:  Constructed from green bamboo harvested locally

Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang | Ammr Vandal | Julia Chapman, Tiago Barros

Collaborators: Curator: Huichen Wu, Artfield | Project Management: Frankie Su | Structural Engineering: Yan Shi-Feng | Bamboo Fabricator: Amis Tribe

Photography: Iwan Baan