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Abandoned military base converted into a sprawling Cactus Park

Abandoned military base conver...
The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, which is shaped like a cactus and glows at night, is one of the main attractions at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park in Taiwan
The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, which is shaped like a cactus and glows at night, is one of the main attractions at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park in Taiwan
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The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park was restored from an abandoned military base, giving it a new lease on life as a public attraction
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The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park was restored from an abandoned military base, giving it a new lease on life as a public attraction
The different areas of the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park are connected by a series of walkways and sheds
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The different areas of the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park are connected by a series of walkways and sheds
The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park's basaltic-based greenhouse is roofed in a mosaic of panels to let light in, all framed in teak
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The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park's basaltic-based greenhouse is roofed in a mosaic of panels to let light in, all framed in teak
The basaltic-based greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The basaltic-based greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The interior of the basaltic-based greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The interior of the basaltic-based greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The exhibition room at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The exhibition room at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park's exhibition room at night
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The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park's exhibition room at night
Interior of the exhibition room at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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Interior of the exhibition room at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, made of bended steel covered in white and transparent panels, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, made of bended steel covered in white and transparent panels, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The interior of the Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The interior of the Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, which is shaped like a cactus and glows at night, is one of the main attractions at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park in Taiwan
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The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, which is shaped like a cactus and glows at night, is one of the main attractions at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park in Taiwan
The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, is designed to look like a cactus
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The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, is designed to look like a cactus
The exterior of the big cactus greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The exterior of the big cactus greenhouse, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Exterior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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Exterior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, showing the well-ventilated walls and light-permitting roof
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Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, showing the well-ventilated walls and light-permitting roof
The artists' village plaza, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The artists' village plaza, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The interior of the artists' village workshop, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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The interior of the artists' village workshop, at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park  was awarded a 2017 American Architecture Prize, for Architectural Design of Agricultural Buildings
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The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park  was awarded a 2017 American Architecture Prize, for Architectural Design of Agricultural Buildings
Aerial view of the exhibition room at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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Aerial view of the exhibition room at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
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An abandoned military base in Taiwan has been given a new lease on life as the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, a sprawling leisurely landscape complete with greenhouses full of cacti, an artists' village and plenty of sea views. Designed by CCL Architects & Planners, the tourist attraction has won a 2017 American Architecture Prize.

Abandoned since World War II, the district sat derelict under Coast Guard Administration until 2008, when the local government reclaimed it for public use. After seven years of planning and construction, the site reopened as the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park.

The overall goal of the project was to blend the natural and artificial, highlighting the area's history while preserving the natural resources, ecological diversity and environmental sustainability. The park is divided into two main parts: a series of cactus greenhouses and an artists' village, all connected with walkways, sweeping grounds and recreational areas.

As you'd expect, cacti are the order of the day in the cactus park, but it's not just about conservation of the plants. The walkways and buildings have been carefully constructed with a cactus motif throughout, adorned with jagged lines, wood and green tones. That's interspersed with rock and concrete, which is designed to preserve the area's basaltic landscape.

Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park

The big cactus greenhouse features large windows for ventilation, and basaltic masonry retaining walls adorned with a prism grid design. The outside is wrapped in jagged beams of teak wood, calling to mind a giant cactus.

The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse resembles the plant even more directly. It's a curved igloo shaped building, made from bended steel covered in white and transparent panels in a tessellating triangle pattern. These panels bring in natural light during the day and when it's lit up from inside, give it a soft glow at night.

The basaltic-based greenhouse and exhibition room are designed with a stonier look, featuring similar masonry retaining walls as the big cactus greenhouse. The roof of this greenhouse features a mosaic of panels to let light in, framed with teak.

Exterior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Exterior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park

Right by the beach, an old coast guard facility has been repurposed into the artists village, complete with a workshop, accommodation, bathroom and an outdoor plaza area. The old buildings have been largely preserved with cosmetic touch-ups, including lining the external walls of the workshop with grey-black pebbles, broken up with wooden panels and dividing lines. Wooden weatherboards have been built as a bathroom, connected to the existing stone building by a steel shed.

The landscape surrounding the park's buildings was designed to maximize water conservation and the health of the plants. The team built on the clever rainwater-recycling system already in place, adding a windbreak standing 180 to 240 cm (71 to 94.5 in) to protect the plants closer to the sea from the cold and salty air.

The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park was awarded a 2017 American Architecture Prize, for Architectural Design of Agricultural Buildings.

Source: CCL Architects & Planners via V2com

An abandoned military base in Taiwan has been given a new lease on life as the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, a sprawling leisurely landscape complete with greenhouses full of cacti, an artists' village and plenty of sea views. Designed by CCL Architects & Planners, the tourist attraction has won a 2017 American Architecture Prize.

Abandoned since World War II, the district sat derelict under Coast Guard Administration until 2008, when the local government reclaimed it for public use. After seven years of planning and construction, the site reopened as the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park.

The overall goal of the project was to blend the natural and artificial, highlighting the area's history while preserving the natural resources, ecological diversity and environmental sustainability. The park is divided into two main parts: a series of cactus greenhouses and an artists' village, all connected with walkways, sweeping grounds and recreational areas.

As you'd expect, cacti are the order of the day in the cactus park, but it's not just about conservation of the plants. The walkways and buildings have been carefully constructed with a cactus motif throughout, adorned with jagged lines, wood and green tones. That's interspersed with rock and concrete, which is designed to preserve the area's basaltic landscape.

Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Interior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park

The big cactus greenhouse features large windows for ventilation, and basaltic masonry retaining walls adorned with a prism grid design. The outside is wrapped in jagged beams of teak wood, calling to mind a giant cactus.

The Echinocactus grusonii cactus greenhouse resembles the plant even more directly. It's a curved igloo shaped building, made from bended steel covered in white and transparent panels in a tessellating triangle pattern. These panels bring in natural light during the day and when it's lit up from inside, give it a soft glow at night.

The basaltic-based greenhouse and exhibition room are designed with a stonier look, featuring similar masonry retaining walls as the big cactus greenhouse. The roof of this greenhouse features a mosaic of panels to let light in, framed with teak.

Exterior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park
Exterior of the big cactus greenhouse at the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park

Right by the beach, an old coast guard facility has been repurposed into the artists village, complete with a workshop, accommodation, bathroom and an outdoor plaza area. The old buildings have been largely preserved with cosmetic touch-ups, including lining the external walls of the workshop with grey-black pebbles, broken up with wooden panels and dividing lines. Wooden weatherboards have been built as a bathroom, connected to the existing stone building by a steel shed.

The landscape surrounding the park's buildings was designed to maximize water conservation and the health of the plants. The team built on the clever rainwater-recycling system already in place, adding a windbreak standing 180 to 240 cm (71 to 94.5 in) to protect the plants closer to the sea from the cold and salty air.

The Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park was awarded a 2017 American Architecture Prize, for Architectural Design of Agricultural Buildings.

Source: CCL Architects & Planners via V2com

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