The space of Tao Pavilion is inspired by the idea that all developments in nature, those in the physical world as well as those of human situations, show cyclic patterns of coming and going, of expansion and contraction, light and darkness.
The structure is composed of 48 identical, folded cor-ten steel sheets gradually twisting and eventually returning to the starting angle. Each two opposite sections of the ring describe complementary spaces. Walking around the path the visitor experiences a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts.
In the middle there is a contemplative and intimate garden, its yellow flowers represent calm, stability and stillness in movement. The sector open towards the garden offers a covered sitting area, a gentle hill raising up towards the main entrance provides a panoramic spot.
The production is made easy and inexpensive by the iteration of identical elements made of folded sheets, the shape is stackable and light facilitating transportation and construction.
Public Art Competition
East Lake Tai,China
Site C first prize winner