Located in northeastern Taiwan, Yilan County is a culturally and ecologically diverse area. The geographically unique area is bordered to the west by mountain ranges. The County itself is located on an alluvial plain, formed via sediment deposits over time from adjacent rivers and streams. Eastward, several ecologically important wetlands eventually connect with the ocean. Lanyang Museum presents Yilan County's diversity and history with its three main exhibits: Mountains, Plains, and Ocean exhibits.
The important relationship between man and nature is represented in Lanyang Museum's design. The exterior of the building is modeled after asymmetric rock formations found on the Beiguan Coast in Yilan County. In addition to several local architectural awards such as first place in the 2010 Taiwan Architecture Awards, Lanyang Museum has also been internationally recognized in the 2012 International Architecture Awards. The museum opened to the public in October 2010.
Location: Yilan County, Taiwan
Gross Building Area: 12,000 m^2
Scope of Service: Value engineering, construction documents
Client: Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Government
Architect: Kris Yao | Artech (Taipei, Taiwan)