Each year in Hsinchu, Taiwan, residents enjoy a luminescent Lantern Festival to mark the culmination of the spring festivals and ring in the Chinese New Year. This year, Taiwanese architecture studio J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects and Planners (JJPan) were brought on board to design a fitting lantern as the centrepiece for this beloved event.
The result was the ‘Ring of Celestial Bliss’, a 10m-high broken circle which takes its cue from the Chinese saying of ‘Blessings as high as the sky’ and marries traditional elements such as locally-sourced bamboo with the latest projection technology and LED lighting.
Hsinchu was once known as ‘City of Bamboo Walls’ and this history can been seen clearly in the exterior wall of the Ring of Celestial Bliss. The outer cladding is formed of bamboo trunks while the interior sports a large projection screen made from recycled materials, across which animated scenes flitter continuously.
Of their uplifting lantern, JJPan says: “When standing inside the lantern, one is surrounded by a ring of ever-moving projected images produced by the latest projection technology and LED lighting, which serve as a metaphor for nature’s endless cycle of life and inspires prayers for the future.
“Furthermore, the shifting inclination of the screen leads to a more dynamic viewing experience and is the culmination of determination and ingenuity when faced with a complex design challenge.”