Nature-inspired gallery celebrates Taiwans aboriginal cultures with cargotecture

March 31, 2017 by  
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A shimmering wave-like roof mirroring the Pacific Ocean tops this stunning new structure that celebrates Taiwan’s aboriginal cultures with eco-friendly construction. Bio-architecture Formosana recently completed the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery, a 1,921-square-meter exhibition center that draws inspiration from nature just as the architects of Austronesian culture did for centuries. With Taitung’s rich and varied landscapes as well as its seven different aboriginal tribes, the architects drew on a wealth of cultural and environmental resources for their design. The Taitung Aboriginal Gallery was created to celebrate the artistic and nature-inspired architectural elements of Austronesian culture. Thus, the architects created a large steel-framed roof with an undulating shape that mimics the topography and ocean, and is decorated with diamond shapes that symbolize the eyes of the ancestral spirits. The shape allows for access to natural light and ventilation throughout the building while providing much needed shade and cooling from the tropical sun. The sloped sides also facilitate collection of rainwater , which is stored in five small ponds in the plaza. Related: Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials As an island with several major ports, Taiwan collects approximately 10,000 shipping containers from the ocean every year. The architects recycled a number of the containers into rooms within the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery. The repurposed and repainted shipping containers are individually air-conditioned and serve as aboriginal handicraft shops. “In Taitung’s tropical climate, individualized air conditioning reduces the refrigerating ton by 50%, and the electricity use by 60%,” write the architects. + Bio-architecture Formosana Via ArchDaily Images by Lucas K. Doolan

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Super Typhoon Nepartak rips through Taiwan, heads for China next

July 8, 2016 by  
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An intense typhoon that meteorologists have called a “near-perfect storm” ripped through Taiwan today, leaving a trail of destruction, dozens injured, and two deaths in its wake. Typhoon Nepartak, which takes aim for China next, pounded the island in torrential rain and wind gusts of over 150 miles per hour. Videos that surfaced across the web show the terrifying storm overturning cars, toppling trees, and even stripping roofs off buildings. Super Typhoon Nepartak developed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, the world’s most active tropical cyclone basin that generates a third of all tropical cyclones and some of the strongest storms on Earth. Nepartak is most noteworthy on two counts: first, the tropical cyclone ended a record-tied 199 day stretch without storms in the basin; and, when viewed from above at peak intensity, the compact storm took on a symmetrical shape with a well-defined pinhole eye, earning the storm its “near-perfect” description. Its symmetrical appearance was formed by low vertical wind shear and unusually warm waters, parameters that helped propel the cyclone from a mild storm to a Category 5 super typhoon in just three days. Related: Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons Nepartak made landfall on Taiwan’s east coast at 5:50 AM as a Category 4 storm on Friday, leaving nearly 50,000 households in Taitung without power. The storm traveled westwards towards Kaohsiung City , then northeast towards Tainan, before it left the island and entered the Taiwan Strait. The capital of Taipei was relatively unscathed, while the east coast sustained the most damage. Nepartak has now been downgraded to a Category 2 as it travels to China and is expected to make landfall in Fujian province before it moves north towards Zhejiang Province. Via Mashable Images via NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response/

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