The Lantern is a symbol of progress in Taiwan. The Lantern Festival, which is held on the first full-moon night of the lunar year, is regarded as one of the most important and romantic festivals in Taiwan. The project establishes a symbolic relationship with the Taiwanese culture by using the properties of a lantern to create the key concepts for the design of the building envelope and its spatial lay out.
The building envelope has been formed using a combination of spheres to create an ecological threshold between the inside and outside spaces. The project is comprised of three types of living cell, which correlates the building to its climate through a collective and emergent intelligence. These cells include:
1- Passive Heating Cells.
These cells work in a similar way to photo voltaic or solar panels. The heating cells collect solar radiation and convert it into heat. This is achieved by the surface material and colour of the cells. Dark coloured heating cells absorb solar radiation transferring the heat energy to liquid which is circulated around the building and through the heat cells.
2- Passive Cooling Cells.
Using the latest technology of metal-dielectric photonic struc¬turing, it is possible to passively cool a building using radiative cooling in day time outdoor conditions. Highly reflective material covers the cooling cells therefore circulating liquid cools down due to contact with the cool surface which can be used for cooling purposes.
3- Green Cells.
Continuing with the theme of sustainability, house plants are used to create the green cells. These green cells produce Oxygen and remove CO2 from the environment, which improves the green credentials of the building.
The main road is located on the north east side of the site. In order to reduce the noise pollution from the nearby road but increase the visibility from the road side to the park, the project has been lifted with a podium. The raised platform accommodates more than 90% of the required parking. The proposed roof garden creates a public platform at the top of the building, providing exquisite views overlooking a park. Finally, an internal ramp establishes a smooth vertical connection between the exhibition spaces and the roof garden.
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