A striking museum in Taiwan rises at an angle along a quiet lake in Yilan County. The Lanyang Museum, designed by Artech Architects, mimcs natural rock formations, specifically mirroring the geological variations of cuesta rocks found around the museum's site. Constructed as a triangular mass of granite, cast recycled aluminum and glass, this modern cultural hub also boasts a light-filled interior and expansive spaces filled with art.
With a total floor area of 425,000 square feet, the Lanyang Museum was designed to reflect the unique history, culture and landscape of the area. It was built alongside a wetland that was once home to the Wushih Port. In addition to reconstructing the harbor’s history, the museum also introduces Yilan’s rich wetland ecology as a part of an outdoor exhibition.
The Taiwanese museum’s striking slope geometry was inspired by the cuesta rock formation, a natural occurrence commonly found on the coast. The building consists of interlacing solid and glass volumes, with the solid areas reserved for exhibition and administrative spaces. The building’s glazed volume shelters the main lobby and restaurant area and brings plenty of natural light to the interior.
Via AAS Architecture
Photos by Jeffrey Cheng and Chi-Yi Chang