Gallery: Sun Moon Lake’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Melts Into its Sur...

Thanks to a subtle design that emphasizes horizontality the architecture does not appear overbearing, and the rich forest is still highlighted. Norihiko Dan furthers this emphasis by planting thick green grass over much of the sloping roof, creating an integrated garden that infiltrates rainwater and insulates the building's interior.

The building was the first prize winner of the NEW TAIWAN International Competition called the “Landform Series,” which challenged architects to design buildings integrating nature.

The visitor center, located amidst a lush forest hanging on the tip of Sun Moon Lake, includes the offices of the tourist board as well as a public information center for tourists. Like the foothills of a mountain, the building gently rises and slopes upwards from the surrounding area. Norihiko Dan wanted the building to be harmonious with its neighboring land forms rather than jutting out obtrusively, which would be offensive to the surrounding nature.


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  1. lazyreader February 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

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