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National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
     
 

The main structure of the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

 
 


The conception of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen MemorialHall’s design

There are three directions in the Chinese modern architecture.

We can either follow the Western architecture, or mimic the classic Chinese palatial architecture, or create a revolutionary Chinese architecture.

National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall would mark one of the most significant architecture in modern Chinese architecture, yet which way would be the appropriate course to take?

To devise the criteria for National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall’s design, the supposition of adopting a Western architecture would be ominously inappropriate. Yat mimicking the classic Chinese palatial architecture, particularly that of the Qing dynasty, would be even more inappropriate since National Dr. Sun Yat-sen was in opposition of such type of architecture that symbolizes the Manchurian political system. A viable way to us would be to broach a new Chinese architecture that best represent the late national founding father’s revolutionary instilling spirits.

With the preliminary drafts of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall having benefited from the constructive input from all elite review council, you are kindly requested to provide your valuable input as to whether the design revision adopting a modern architectural technique can best manifest the spirit of the Chinese traditional architecture and the distinct culture of the Chinese race.


Sincerely, Wang Da-min
December 3, 1965

 
 

The Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall measures 30.4m in height, 100m on each side, where fourteen gray columns on each side anchor the yellow-tiled rooftop with upturn corners resembling a soaring eagle, situated right in the center of a 100,000 square meter square lot, flanked by foliage, flower-bearing plants and lawns, showcasing the contrast of the building and the environment that draws the attention of the onlookers. Projecting to viewers more than a majestic and imposing air, the memorial hall’s solemn, grandeur architecture also lends a rustic, masculine, simple yet refined sophistication, where the Sun Yat Sen memorial Hall’s exteriors bespoken of a majestic, grandeur, concise and forceful ambience more than fosters respect, but also bestows a harmony of strength and esthetics.
 
The Emerald Pond

The Emerald Pond

Situated to the south side of the Chung Shan Park, the lake area measures approx. 8,000 square meters, and the largest artificial lake in Taipei City. The facilities on which include a Shang Shan Bridge and a Tsuei Heng Pagoda; The Tsuei Heng Pagoda was donated by the Taipei City Lion’s Club, and completed on March 12, 1971, with one each arch bridge connecting to the Tsuei Heng Pagoda to the north and south, and the two arch bridges were once named San Er Bridge, and later renamed as Shang Shan Bridges in commemoration of the birthplace of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. 

Along the lakeside are interlaying plumage, reflected a green ambience, with cascading willows swaying along the breezes. To showcase the seasonal changes, planted in the lake are 30 small and two large-scale lotus containers, and three patches of various colors of sleeping lilies, adding to a blossoming landscape on the Emerald Lake in summertime. 

Also to enhance the Emerald Lake’s nightscape, In March of 2004; the louts blossoming season saw the completion of the Tsuei Heng Pagoda rooftop and the Shang Shan Bridge’s railings on both sides adorned with illuminating lights, and the installation of projection spot lights at strategic tall tree trunks along the lakeside. At night, the illuminating lights projected onto the lake surface depict lights and brilliant lines, accentuated with a rustic whimsy of insect and frog cries, bringing a touch of dream-like color blocks to the Emerald Lake at nightfall, and creating a mesmerizing layered nightscape with captivating brilliancy.

 
The health trail
The health trail The area, situated to the north end Greenfield of the Chung Shan Park, was commissioned for construction through the donations of the International Taipei Hsinyi and Hualien Central district Rotary Clubs in May 1989. The trail measures 120m in length, 1.2m in width, and is laid with green pebbly marbles quarried in Hualien, featuring the premiere health trail inducted for use in Taipei City, complete with two marble slabs laid by the entryway detailing the trail’s health enhancing yield through the human body’s pressure points and foot sole massaging.
 
The Chung Shan Park plaza
The Chung Shan Park plaza With thriving modern commerce and industrialization comes the phenomenon of aggregating populations in urban settings. The more concentrated the population, the more encroaching the living space would become. The progress of civilization also brings air pollution, noise, depriving people with an ever-deteriorating quality of living, whereas parks serve to improve the quality of living, bringing a clean, safe, comfortable and esthetical, natural environment, and providing us with a space for recreation and spiritual relief.

The area, situated in Taipei City’s eastern district, encompasses the main hall structure and the Chung Shan Park. The Chung Shan Park, comprising of a concrete plaza and green lawns, occupies a landmass of 11 hectares. The configuration of the Chung Shan Park is in a symmetrical design with a flag-rising platform at center, flanked by fountain pools aligned to the hall structure. The layout of foliage planting is also executed in a symmetrical configuration. The Chung Shan Park, once falls under the jurisdiction of the Taipei Municipal Government, was appropriated under the administration office in 1985. The administration office, upon taking over the Chung Shan Park, has steadfastly added many facilities in a move to add esthetics to the park landscape, and enriching it with an educational learning objective.

The fountain plaza
廣場噴泉 The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall measures 30.4m in height, 100m on each side, where fourteen gray columns on each side anchor the yellow-tiled rooftop with upturn corners resembling a soaring eagle, situated right in the center of a 100,000 square meter square lot, flanked by foliage, flower-bearing plants and lawns, showcasing the contrast of the building and the environment that draws the attention of the onlookers. Projecting to viewers more than a majestic and imposing air, the memorial hall’s solemn, grandeur architecture also lends a rustic, masculine, simple yet refined sophistication, where the Sun Yat Sen memorial Hall’s exteriors bespoken of a majestic, grandeur, concise and forceful ambience more than fosters respect, but also bestows a harmony of strength and esthetics.