鄒永廉建築師事務所 – 鄒永廉
To respond to the nearly 260,000 Hakka population in northern Taoyuan, and to balance the development of the northern and southern areas and furthermore promote the integration of different ethnic groups, the Taoyuan City Government set up the North District Hakka Guild Hall in Bade’s Xiaoli life circle. A reinforced concrete two-story building is constructed on the base area of about 7627.28 square meters. The design is based on a combination of landscape and parks, teaching venues, cultural promotion, art and cultural performances, and exhibitions are the main purposes to create a Hakka cultural hall as a regional living settlement venue.
Because there are many Huanyi Ponds, or so called washing pits, in the Xiaoli area of Taoyuan, that’s part of the life of the local Hakka historical settlement; and the Shimu Niangniang Temple enshrined next to the Huanyi Pond is also an important belief in the Hakka ancestors’ rock-pile up culture, therefore, the “cheng” and “wave” meaning are integrated into the architectural design, combined with various exhibitions, classrooms, experience spaces and outdoor green spaces, and reverence for god, Hakka’s feng shui concept, respect for heaven and love for the earth, and conform to nature, It is expressed in a way that shows the close relationship between people and the land through modern architecture.
This project aims to enhance the connection between the local Hakka history, humanities and activities. It provides foreign tourists with Hakka village cultural experience and local residents living venues, as well as a venue for Hakka associations to practice and perform. The interior space is planned for flexible use. The “Cultural Study Center” combines exhibition, teaching and office functions, while the “Concert Hall” has performance and exhibition functions. The two buildings are connected by the central “Cheng” – platform and corridor around. The building combines the concept of retreating layer-by-layer to create a multi-layer circular light-transmitting outdoor plaza, providing social and resting space. The semi-outdoor landscape grand staircase in the middle greets the crowd and welcomes guests.
The interior of the first building part of this case is planned for a Hakka exclusive concert hall. The elevated space uses new materials and construction methods, and reduces the penetration of sound sources with the sound-absorbing function of the composite double-layer partition system. The outdoor landscape uses the floor anti-subsidence construction method and artificial site flower terraces to increase the benefits of water conservation and environmental resource reuse at the base.
The corridors between the buildings use the method of retreating layer by layer, symbolizing the stacked stone ridges used in the reclamation of Hakka farmland, simulating the image of the local terraced fields, and echoing the scenery of the local Shimu Niangniang Temple. The atrium corridor and the left and right surrounding of the two buildings are similar to the inner courtyard of the ancient Zongsi Sanheyuan, as if living around Cheng. The skyline of the overall building conforms to the texture of the base, combined with the green belt and flower sea landscape of the square, just like the hills and terraces of the natural landscape on the ground, creating a multi-faceted design that combines culture, nature, architecture, and landscape.