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Paper pavilion constructed for exhibition

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taiwanese architects will build a paper pavilion featuring Taiwan’s natural and cultural treasures at an international architecture exhibition in Venice, Italy, next year.

The 290m2 pavilion will be exhibited from August to November at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, known as the “Olympics of Architecture,” the architecture team that submitted the winning design for the pavilion said.

Made of corrugated paper, the pavilion will showcase images of Taiwan’s rich culture, geography and ecology, it added.

Inside the pavilion, there will be stairs that take visitors to different elevations, from where they will see images of Taiwan’s natural wonders and city streets, said Liao Wei-li (廖偉立), a member of the team and an architect at the Taiwan-based AMBi Studio.

Every 30cm rise in the pavilion will represent a 100m rise in -Taiwan’s geographical elevation, he said, adding that his team would also install stereos in the pavilion so that visitors can hear different soundscapes of cities and nature, depending on where they stand. Taiwan has a diverse natural environment that ranges from basin, plain, tableland to high-altitude mountains, Liao said.

“The exhibition is important for Taiwan. It provides an opportunity for Taiwan to walk toward the world,” said Wu Kuang-ting (吳光庭), one of the judges that selected the winning design out of the seven submissions over a three-month period.

He said the design, titled Enlightenment from Geography, sums up Taiwan’s unique role and interaction with the world from the European “Age of Discovery” to the present, global era. The -architectural exhibition is part of the Venice Biennale, a major contemporary art show that takes place once every two years.

Next year will be Taiwan’s seventh time to participate in the event.

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