Date: November 4, 2015
The winners of the Taiwan Architecture Award were named Nov. 2 by Taipei City-based
Taiwan Architects Association, highlighting the growing focus on innovative green construction practices across the nation.
Chosen from 201 submissions, the winning projects were praised for combining environmentally friendly materials and building methods with captivating design concepts.
The top honor went to Yunlin Agricultural Ecological Park by D.Z. Architects and Associates. Structures at the site, including the entrance, restaurant and pavilion, were built with local Moso bamboo, which is light, flexible and strong, and has a life span of 30 to 50 years. Due to the use of this material, carbon emissions produced in the construction process were a mere 2 percent of the average for a steel building.
Kung Shu-chan, head of the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University and a judge for the award, said the project earned the prize for its groundbreaking approach to environmental sustainability. “Although bamboo structures are not yet prevalent, the buildings at the site reveal the material revolution taking place in the industry.” [FULL STORY]