A Sanctuary Project for Yu Yang Automobile: Seeking Co-existence with the
Look up and see a canvas of orange steel plates, and the pa5ern of white truss dancing
This is in response to the rhythm of the land that the building stands upon.
The Changbin Industrial Zone stands on land reclaimed from the Taiwan Strait in central
The Yu Yang Automobile Industry Building project is built to withstand the challenges of
Strong Sea Winds
The environmental context of this project brings strong winds from the sea year-round,
created by the local terrain with liJle seasonal variaKon.
MiKgaKng and controlling the wind, which also brings sand and salt erosion, is the
driving force behind the form of this building.
This project is built on uncertain geology. The Changbin Industrial Zone is an arKficial
island built with sand from the ocean floor, mined from different locaKons and depths.
The precise geology of the site could only be understood through geological drilling.
In response to this uncertainty, we chose to use rectangular raP foundaKons to ensure
the stability of the foundaKon.
We also used steel cables within each rectangle to make the foundaKon even stronger.
An Understated Industrial Building
In an industrial zone, funcKonality is the guiding principle. The project makes effecKve
use of setbacks.
A generous open space is provided where the site meets the road, enclosed only with
low bushes and fencing (60cm high), giving the site space to breathe.
The building has a curved roof, bending lower toward the ground on the south and north
ends, allowing the building to blend into the surrounding landscape without ever
A Large Span
The client required a very large interior space with no support beams, allowing them
flexibility in using the space.
The need for a large roof therefore formed the basis in our approach. In response to the
sea winds, we decided on a curved roof that directed the wind away from the users
working under its protecKve shield.
The wind paJern, geology, and user needs led us to think of this building with the
curved roof as a Shelter in the Changbin Industrial Zone.
Lightweight Structures under A Large Roof
The building’s concrete foundaKon is a starKng point, from which the lines of white steel
beams extend, criss-crossing to form a truss structure to support the plane of the roof.
The underside of the roof is painted orange, bringing a sense of brightness to the
interior and highlighKng the lines of the truss.
A Space for Cleanliness
To make beJer use of the shaded area under the overhang of the curved roof, we moved
the hand-washing area from indoors to this semi-outdoor space, creaKng an opportunity
for people to meet and interact.
The structure is set at an angle to avoid disrupKng the overall design, and further
subdivided with a number of seams. Color differences in the granitoid material give
further visual dimension to the structure. Some greenery is also present on the sides,
extending this space for cleanliness and giving it more life.
We also installed seaKng on the other side of the sinks to create more possibility for the
space beyond hand-washing. This is a place for geXng together, and we hope that chat
and laugher can further enliven this cool shaded space. This is not just a space for
cleanliness, but also a space for interacKon.
An Arc Beyond
If the structure of our project is an arc, it should never come down to earth unKl the
structure has fulfilled its purpose.
The structure of this industrial building was based on prototype of a pure arch. We
wished to discover the different possibiliKes for the structure, and we wanted to explore
the potenKal of the design through the material of steel: How much ground can the arch
cover? How can it ingeniously fit the requirement for such a large space?
In the actual design, we employed a series of arches that allowed us to efficiently control
the weight of the structure. There were four fulcrums in the 55-meter span, creaKng
three spaces: two outer corridors of about 8.5 meters, and an inner space nearly 40
meters wide. This design was created out of consideraKon for the overall shape of the
site. Considering the horizontal lateral forces on the structure, the design used crossed
beams instead of the tradiKonal slanted supports. The arched truss structure created a
unique space that also solved the problem of the awkwardly-shaped inner space.
It is also worth menKoning that, as the building needed a large opening for its entrance,
the girder was suspended from the arch trusses instead of supported by verKcal beams.
This also allowed us to integrate the design for the building facade.
In summary, the structure of this project was designed using systemic thinking that
allowed us to respond to the needs of the space, the structure, the facade, and the