As you approach the Wushi Harbor on Coastal Highway 2, you will almost certainly slow down when seeing a giant rock rising from the ground. To your amazement, it is not a rock but an environmentally symbiotic building called Lanyang Museum. The seamless combination of nature and architecture is the result of a perfect blending of the Museum building and the cuesta located in its northeast side. A cuesta is a term used to describe a hill or ridge which is gentle on one side and steep on the other, a landform exclusive to the coastal area in Beiguan, Toucheng Township. The triangle-shaped museum was constructed by an architecture team led by Yao Ren-xi. In order to best preserve the Wushi Harbor relics and the surrounding wetland in its entirety, the main body of the museum is limited to the northwest side of the architectural base, with the wetland preserved at the largest extent to maintain the original ecological balance. Segmented rocks arranged on the exterior walls are an imitation of cuesta’s rock formations. The layered rock lines and cast aluminum plates make an angle of 20 degrees with the roof, an attempt to present the unique texture and shadow variation in the day time of the cuestas washed by ocean tides. From an architectural work to a piece of public art, the museum is a great example of the symbiosis of art and the environment as well as the balance between man-made structure and nature. The quirky, extraordinarily beautiful look also makes the museum a hot spot for photography and posting check-ins.
address：No. 750, Sec. 3, Qingyun Rd., Toucheng Township, Yilan County 261, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Remark：Courtesy-Tourism Bureau, R.O.C(交通部觀光局);; Photographer-Zhu, Zhi-qing(朱智青); Photographer-Lin, Fu-lien(林福連); Photographer-Chen Mao-yuan(陳茂元)
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