In a collaboration with Eisenman Architects, LAND COLLECTIVE conceptualized a landscape for the Taichung City Cultural Center Competition. Inspired by the form the Cultural Center was taking in Eisenman’s sketches, LAND COLLECTIVE found similarities in the Monumental Landscape paintings of the Song Dynasty, especially in the shape formed by the negative space between the elevated structure and the building roof from which it was lifted – a space that recalls the mist-filled. atmospheric brush paintings in which spacial depth is suggested through the layering of forms, and the monumental character of landscape is juxtaposed to diminutive human scale. As in Confucius’ writings in Zhong yong, “Nature is vast and deep, high, intelligent, infinite, and eternal.”
The landscape of the Eisenman/LAND COLLECTIVE entry creates identity for the Cultural Museum while serving to link the composition to the Taichung Gateway Park in which it is situated and to the development beyond. The site unfolds as if a Monumental Landscape painting, creating episodic experiences within the greater context – one never truly understands the space in its entirety at any one time, but comes to know the site through a journey and through exploration. In the end, it is the individual within the context of the greater whole – an experience of scales – that creates a dynamic site experience in and around the Cultural Museum.
Inspired by previous collaborations with Nitsch Engineering, LAND COLLECTIVE proposed a stormwater management system – one part of a comprehensive sustainable site effort – that works throughout the site, offering opportunities to expand past the proposed project boundaries into the adjacent park and development parcels. Four green roof fields atop the TCCC library “cloud” capture and slowly release rainwater. It drains from the roof into a bio-filtration lake, through a recirculating filtration system that cleans stormwater in both pragmatic and dramatic ways: some water will be released as groundwater recharge; some will recirculate back to the roof of the library “mountain” via photo-voltaic cells on top of the reading room. This will sustain a water scrim that cascades off the building, oxygenating the water as it falls.Project Images