During the time of Chinese traditional Lantern Festival, people offer good wishes and pray for blessing in the coming New Year. To celebrate properly, J.J.Pan and Partners’ proposal for the “Ring of Celestial Bliss” is based on the Chinese saying of “Blessing as high as the sky”. The design is therefore suggesting the immense happiness brought on by the ideal combination of the pragmatic and idealistic sides of technology.
Seen from the outside, the lantern appears as a glowing object, hovering in the night, supported by the specially designed steel structure. From inside, one finds himself surrounded by a ring of ever-moving projected images produced by the latest projection technology and LED lighting, which serve as a metaphor for nature’s endless cycle of life and inspires prayers for the future. Furthermore, the shifting inclination of the screen leads to a more dynamic viewing experience and is the culmination of determination and ingenuity when faced with a complex design challenge.
The choice of form and materials for the lantern is inspired by the historical and cultural characteristics of Hsinchu, whose ancient name was “City of Bamboo Walls”. While reusable steel is utilized as the primary structural material, the outer cladding is consisted of bamboo trunks. The inner projection screen is made of recycled materials and bamboo sections are used as a permeable flooring material. The locally sourced construction materials have the additional benefit of being environment-friendly with a reduced transportation carbon footprint.