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Project: "Luminous Moon-Gate (Taichung City Cultural Center)"
Company:Form4 Architecture
Designer(s): Form4 Architecture, United States
Category: Architecture Categories, Professional
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Entry Description: The intent of the design for Luminous Moon-Gate is to hint at multiple interpretative roles for Taichung: a portal into heightened consciousness, a lantern of knowledge, a landmark for orientation. In traditional Chinese iconography, a Moon-Gate symbolizes a gateway “to the Garden of Paradise.” The paradise of our Information Age aspires to be a future where knowledge and culture shape humankind. At the entrance to the greater Urban Park, the cultural landmarks of the Library and Museum are uniquely suited to provide the basis for this future. The Moon-Gate-like 10-story form of the Library, with its Grand Stair accessible to all citizens, is a potent metaphor for this direction. The buildings feature largely glass surfaces that draw passersby throughout the day and serve as a beacon of activity at night.

About the Designer/Company
We believe architecture is the art of giving form to ideas. At Form4 Architecture, we strive to create architecture that is rational, empowering, and dynamic. We embrace collaboration and teamwork as the cornerstones of success, and we believe in designing welcoming environments that are fundamentally sustainable and accessible. As collaborative partners in the design process, our principals personally lead every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision.