Ring of Celestial Bliss

DesignerJoshua J. Pan, FAIA
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Based on the Chinese saying “Blessings as high as the sky” the concept’s vividly conveyed in all aspects of this design. In this spirit, the main lantern of Taiwan Lantern Festival is aptly themed “Ring of Celestial Bliss.” From the outside, the lantern appears as a glowing object hovering in the night, a feat achieved through the special and innovative design of the steel structure. Inside the lantern, a ring of ever-moving images produced by the latest projection technology and LED lighting, which serve as a metaphor for nature’s endless cycle of life and inspire hope for the future. Furthermore, the shifting inclination of the screens leads to a more dynamic viewing experience and is the culmination of determination combined with ingenuity when faced with a complex design challenge. The choice of form and materials used for the lantern is inspired by the historical and cultural characteristics of Hsinchu, whose ancient name was the “City of Bamboo Walls.” While reusable steal is the primary structural component, the outer cladding consists of bamboo trunks. The inner projection screen is made of recycled materials, and bamboo tubes are used as a permeable flooring material. After the lantern festival, the steel will be reused for the covered court structure of an Elementary School in Taitung. The bamboo will be collected after the end of the lantern festival and donated to “Earth Passengers” workshop to build environmental education classrooms in Taitung. The bamboo tubes will decompose into part of nature becoming nutrients for the ecosystems. The screen will be made into 800 in 30x30cm environmentally-friendly bags to avoid waste. The locally sourced construction materials have the additional advantage of being environment-friendly with a reduced carbon emissions footprint. “Ring of Celestial Bliss,” inspired by local characteristics and executed with Taiwanese technology and design, conveys a profound respect for nature while providing an auspicious vision for the future.

About Designer

J.J. Pan and Partners is an architectural and planning firm dedicated to providing creative solutions in the design and planning of human environments. The firm combines a proven track record, advanced education, talented design capability, diversified technical experience, and a wide range of professional, teaching, and research backgrounds into a comprehensive, world-class service package for clients in Taiwan and from around the globe.