Gallery: Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabo...

The design takes part of its inspiration from the rings of a tree

Comprised of two rings surrounding circular decking, the Forest Pavilion is 22 feet tall and has a diameter of 60 feet. Used to host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, the pavilion was built by members of the local Amis tribe that has been historically left behind by development in the area. They are experts in bamboo construction techniques.

So impressed by the pavilion’s design, members of the tribe have since requested permission from nArchitects to use their techniques in future bamboo projects in Hualien county. Taking inspiration from the rings of a tree and the unpredictable growth patterns in nature, this lightweight and endlessly renewable outdoor space has a very small impact on the environment in which it was placed. We think that if any design were going to encourage locals to pay more attention to their natural bounty, this would be it!

+ nArchitects

All photographs © Iwan Baan

Plan courtesy nARCHITECTS


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  1. TedLu September 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I am so glad that I can live in the town of this great art place. I even can go there by bike everyday . The most important thing is that thank all artists , designers and every one who had worked for this place. You make this place become a great place ,and let here become a valuable place that I can introduce to my friends no matter in my nation or foreigners .
    Thank you .

  2. Jini Loos September 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    what an beautiful and inspiring exhibition of sustainable design and execution! The Amis Tribe has shown us how marrying environmentally responsible design with creativity can produce something wonderful without harming the Earth.
    Thank you for sharing!

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