A warping wood roof contains a sacred space devoted to Taoism in the Hsinpu mountains, 70 kilometers south of Taipei. The project is part of an initiative promoted by the company TLDC (Taiwan Land Development Corporation) to boost rural growth through ecological, economic, and cultural strategies. Surrounded by nature, the temple wishes to establish a harmonious connection with its environment by means of an organic and balanced form. The volume reinterprets traditional Chinese roofs, taking their characteristic curvature to a limit through a ruled continuous surface that rises at the corners. Instead of resting on a cubic interior, as is usual in religious buildings, the roof sits directly on a dais at ground level, and its geometry determines the supports, accesses, and voids. It is, therefore, a self-bearing grid that is kept stable without needing additional supports. The structure is built with laminated Alaska cypress wood beams measuring 50 millimeters thick and assembled perpendicular to one another at 50-centimeter intervals. On the north corner, behind the altar, a small closed space contains a hall and a bathroom.
Hsinpu Tao Temple
Kengo Kuma & Associates; Kengo Kuma (socio encargado partners in charge); Tomoyuki Hasegawa; Tz-Li Lin (equipo de proyecto project team)
HASS Architecture (arquitecto local local architect)
Ejiri Structural Engineers (estructura structure consultant); Elements Structural Engineering Associates (ingeniería local de estructuras local structure engineer)
Taiwan Land Development Corp., Tyler Fong