The architectural form is inspired by the traditional Hakka “circular house” and the “Oiled Paper Umbrella” structure. Blending into the site setting, the design creates a new form which is in spirit traditional Hakka.
Utilizing the curved walls which are in dialogue with landscape, the architecture scoops the visitors to the entrance courtyard of the museum complex. The courtyard echoes the inner circular core of the complex and extends the architectural programs into landscape features, expressing the transition and transformation of tradition and modernization. In addition, the courtyard serves as a transitory area for the visitors, further enriching the spatial layers and experiences of the architecture.
At the entrance of the exhibition program, another curved wall leads to a downward path which brings visitors to educational facilities (at level -200cm lower floor), and to multimedia center and conference rooms (at -500cm lower floor). This ramping arrangement of space is a transformation of the traditional circular form of cake layering method in Hakka Architecture. It gives a new possibility of spatial diversity to accommodate different programs, and allows for a more continuous spatial experience for the visitors.