Ring of Celestial Bliss & Its Re-Use

Structural Designer

Envision Engineering Consultants

Client Name

Delta Electronics Foundation

Location

Hsinchu County, Taiwan [Phase1] & Taitung County, Taiwan [Phase2]

STRUCTURAL DESIGNER/CONSULTING 

Envision Engineering Consultants

DESIGN ARCHITECT

J.J. Pan and Partners , Architects And Planners 

PRINCIPLE CONTRACTOR [Phase 1]

Li Jin Engineering Co.,Ltd.

PRINCIPLE CONTRACTOR [Phase 2]

Jyh Jian industrial Co.,Ltd.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The “Ring of Celestial Bliss” was originally the main lantern of the 2013 Taiwan Lantern Festival. In its second phase it became a permanent semi-outdoor basketball court in Southern Taiwan, reusing 100% of its structural elements.

In phase one a curved, truss-type lantern structure was formed out of recyclable steel pipes, covered by a bamboo fa├žade. In phase two the ring structure was separated into two arcs, serving as the supports of a new steel structure roof.

 

Judge's comment:

The judges admired the way in which the Structural Engineer saw the opportunity to use a single design concept to serve two entirely different purposes. Through foresight and imagination it proved possible initially to use the curved, prismatic tubular steel frame to deliver a striking corporate statement about technical prowess. The structure was subsequently divided into two, re-located and re-configured to provide a much-needed community asset, thus providing a clear statement of the value that can be added through the ingenuity and skill of the Structural Engineer.