Sun, Mar 21, 2010 - Page 2 News List

Xinsheng Park pavilions unveiled

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, right, gives the thumbs-up sign at an event to promote the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition at Tianwei Highway Garden in Changhwa County’s Tianwei Township yesterday. The area is known as a wholesale supplier of flowers.

PHOTO: YEN HUNG-CHUN, TAIPEI TIMES

Taipei City Government has unveiled three new pavilions in Xinsheng Park built for the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition and promised to use the three structures, which received green building certification, as venues for public events after the expo.

The three buildings — the “Pavilion of the Future,” “Pavilion of Life” and “Pavilion of Dreams” — are the latest work by local architect Chang Ching-hwa (張清華), ­designer of Taipei’s Beitou Library, who is well known for incorporating reusable and eco-friendly materials into her works.

Both the Beitou Library and the three pavilions are built with wood and recyclable materials and received the highest rating available from Taiwan’s EEWH Green Building certification authority.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the three pavilions use the same thermal insulating plastics as the Beijing National Aquatics Center, and are powered by solar panels — making them the city’s largest energy-saving facility.

Chang said that the pavilions were built around old trees in Xinsheng Park. Their rooftops and walls are populated with vegetation. She also rearranged the trails within the park so tourists have easier access to the roofs, which are a great place to spot planes flying to and from Songshan Airport.

The three pavilions will be featured in the Discovery Channel’s program Eco Taiwan: Green Building on March 27.

The Taipei International Flora Expo, which is scheduled for Nov. 6 this year to April 25 next year will be the first world exposition held by Taipei City Government.

The expo will feature 14 pavilions around the city. Hau said each of the exhibition pavilions will serve as activity venues or display centers for floral shows after the expo, promising not to leave the pavilions unattended after the event.

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