Naluwan Culture Center

Naluwan Culture Center

Architect
Fieldevo Design Studio

LinBoYang Architects
Location
Hsinchu, Hsinchu City, Taiwan | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Cultural Centres
WENYA STUDIO

Naluwan Culture Center

Fieldevo Design Studio as Architects

Community center
What is a “community center”? Is it a hut constructed of wood? Can simply a tree fulfill the requirement? When it comes to “gathering”, it should not be constrained by the frame of how a space is defined. Therefore, the clear boundary formed by walls is not necessary when defining a culture center.

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WENYA STUDIO
photo_credit WENYA STUDIO
WENYA STUDIO

A terminal on 17km coastline
Based on the infrastructure of the 17 Kilometers Coastline Scenic Area in Hsinchu, there is no spot for visitors to stop for a rest at Naluwan street. The design of the culture center turns the site into a terminal, or it could say, a station-like gathering place where indigenous peoples, residents, and visitors intertwine all the experiences and various viewpoints.

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WENYA STUDIO
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WENYA STUDIO

Horizontal
It is quite touching when looking out to the ocean with the horizon stretched on all sides and meandered to the farthest. There is nothing but only an integrated scene. Is it possible that the culture center blends into the surroundings? Though artificial production cannot entirely imitate nature, how to create a building that can be treated like a part of the environment is always the topic we have to focus on.

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WENYA STUDIO
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WENYA STUDIO

Fluid motion
When the culture center stands alone without visitors, it merges with the landscape quietly. When people come, wind and light entice them to explore and interact freely. Curve walls, transparent glass doors, and undefined rooms drive visitors to walk around. Promenade through space cause curiosity. Imaging that water flow all over the wetland and hermit crabs crawl on the sand. These forces and energy grow endlessly, like how nature is.

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WENYA STUDIO
photo_credit WENYA STUDIO
WENYA STUDIO

Hiking
Normally, the building itself is the most important part when having an architectural tour. However, enjoying the view should take much more time than starring at the building in Naluwan Culture Center. Because of the elevated lookout, visitors have the opportunity to feel the surroundings. The standing wall restricts the sight to one side only. Therefore, the whole experience of walking up to the top is like hiking. After the journey leads visitors to the top platform, they have already unintentionally browsed the spectacular panorama of the coastline.

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WENYA STUDIO
photo_credit WENYA STUDIO
WENYA STUDIO
photo_credit WENYA STUDIO
WENYA STUDIO

Conscious curve
The curves that seemed to be settled casually are formed by the accurate calculation over and over according to sunlight angle. In order not to reduce the efficiency of construction, the curves are rearranged to prevent them from being scattered. However, visitors will not figure out that the space is designed based on four virtual circles. All they will do is interact and move between these curves freely and spontaneously.

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WENYA STUDIO
photo_credit WENYA STUDIO
WENYA STUDIO

Team:
Lead architects: Lin Bo Yang Architects
Structure: Y. H. HU & ASSOCIATES STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Construction & Interior Design: JIN-YU-DA CONSTRUCTION CO.,INC.
Landscape Design: GuanZheng Construction
Electrical & Plumbing: Rong Hua Construction
Photographer: WENYA STUDIO

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