This project is designated for the lobby of a private mansion in Taichung City with a total floor area of 11,570 square metres sited in the city’s economic, political, cultural, recreational and transport hub, where businesses take place.
Twisting Roots – While the bulk of this 4 metre diameter, thousand year old, ancient tree was burnt down by a forest fire that followed the 2011 volcano eruptions in Java, Indonesia, its twisting roots have miraculously survived.
Revive – Life revives as it continues. That is one key concept in oriental thinking. Alluding to Pan Gu’s genesis/creation stories – the separation of heaven from earth, his setting the sun, moon, stars and planets in place and dividing the four seas – we brought overseas this gigantic ancient wood, mounting its body on the water wall, re-rooting it and give it a regenerated life in Taiwan.
Circle – in the East, the round shape symbolizes completeness and fulfilment; it is from this symbolism that the ceiling and the floor come to form. 12 hanging lights dot the ring above, signifying the 12 Earthly Branches and 10 Heavenly Stems used in Chinese Calendar, while the 13th hinges on the centre of the circle, meaning the “Self.” The idea is that heaven and earth, Ying and Yang, the Universe and I are all as one.
The conceptualization of the physical, spatial structure is principally Western, while Oriental landscaping design elements add to its richness. With “borrowed scenery” complementing the arcade columns, this space as a whole represents a balanced harmony between nature and culture, East and West.