bioarch formosana: taipei flora expo pavilions bioarch formosana: taipei flora expo pavilions
sep 27, 2010

bioarch formosana: taipei flora expo pavilions

‘pavilion of life’ at the taipei international flora & horticulture expo by bioarch formosana in taipei, taiwan all images courtesy bioarch formosana

taiwanese architectural office bioarch formosana has designed and completed the build of a group of eco-friendly pavilions at this year’s taipei international gardening and horticulture exposition. located in shingsheng park, a municipal park with rich vegetation, the starting point of the design was to conserve as many existing trees on site as possible. another key aim during the development process was to approach building a large scale pavilion with the smallest carbon footprint possible, enforcing a cradle to cradle mentality into practice.

‘pavilion of life’, ‘pavilion of dreams’, and ‘pavilion of the future’ exhibits a wide variety of horticultural products and technologies as well as a number of different plant life from different climates. the green roof, which features a large array of 200 kwp solar panels, tilts down to the ground level to encourage visitors to walk on and explore the planted surface. sections of the facade utilize a system of weather proof plastic modules to vertically hold potted plants. these modules will be give away to local citizens who wish to green their own homes after the expo.

used plastic bottles are stacked and arranged in a series of thin metal cages to line an elevated walkway,  separating the space as well as providing a visual effect from the wall of coloured caps. the wood used for the roof trusses and columns are all harvested from local forests less than 100 kilometers away from the site. to minimize on waste after the expo, they will be taken apart and auctioned off online for those who require wood for construction.

wooden promenade leading up to the green roof

green roof

sections of living facade

green house membrane

used plastic bottles as wall components

covered outdoor space

night view


facade lit at night

solar panels on the green roof

  • you know it cost 140 billion NT dollars. for the shake of taipei city mayor election ‘s purpose.
    political exposition.

    kao says:
  • Excellent reporting! … Posted on my blog and indicated the source.

    iararcunha says:
  • Will this building, and other of the expo, be torn down after the event? If so it would be a waste in interesting arch. and tax payer money.

    kaukau says:
  • Beats the Chelsea flower show!

    Dr. Design says:
  • solar panels should be installed with more distance off the ground (1 metre?) to allow plants or at least grass to grow underneath

    dg says:
  • outstanding example of landscape design, harmonious architecture.

    Vanine says:

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