Bai Sha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre
The design of Bai Sha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre responses to the strong wind and sand in winter and the intense sunlight in summer. The architecture works with the topography and changes the traditional binary relationship between landscape and architecture.
It is expected that the architecture could act like trees and rocks which integrate with the landscape. The existing building and the new visitor centre are connected by slanted slabs, and visitors could walk along the landscape terrain to the grassland on the rooftop. These folded slabs also reflect the indoor activities, the changing shadow profile as well as the waterfront landscape. The L-shaped building mass is arranged according to the contour and the retaining walls, creating an open plaza in front facing the sea.
The undulating rooftop not only integrated with the topography, the various-sized tilted slabs at the north also brings natural sunlight into the interior spaces. These large pieces of roof slabs also provide shading for the naturally ventilated semi-outdoor spaces where visitors’ activities take place. Walking from the carpark behind, across a framed view entrance, and passing the shaded walkway along the building to the beach in front, visitors are able to experience a fascinating scenery.
Wang Weijen Architecture
Wang Weijen Architecture started at San Francisco in 1992 and moved to Taipei and Hong Kong since 1994. The design focuses on humanity, ecological landscape, and on the integration with urban space and local culture.
Their awards include: HKIA Special Architectural Award, Green Building Award, AIA Merit Design Award, and Far Eastern Architectural Award. Main projects include: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Community College, Community College and Chapel for Hong Kong Linnan University, N site in Hang Zhou Xixi Wetland Art Village, Swimming Hall for Dongguan Taiwanese Business School, Baishawan Visitor Center in Taipei and War Museum for Jianchuan Museum Town in Chengdu.
Their design projects were invited for Exhibition in 2008 Venice Biennale, 2007 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, 2005 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, 2004 Beijing Architecture Biennale and 2002 Taipei Museum of Modern Art.