The island of Taiwan is not a place where cacti can naturally grow. However, they became the decoration of the Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park, which arose on the site of the former naval military base. The project received the American architectural award of 2017.
The former military base was empty from the time of the Second World War until 2008, until it was transferred to public use. Now here are two key areas – greenhouses with cacti and a village of artists. In the first case, the buildings were erected from scratch, in the second only the former warehouses and barracks of protection were modernized, but with the preservation of the authentic appearance of this place.
Growing cacti in Taiwan is not an easy task, so we have built a clever system for collecting, cleaning and recycling rainwater. Part comes to the greenhouses, the rest is needed for wind protection from the greenery, which covers the park from the cold and salty air from the sea. The park is open all year round, so it is adapted under severe winters and under hot summers.
In the pavilion of cacti there are no lamps and windows – instead of them a complex system of mosaic structure of walls and a roof is used. Part of the panels is transparent, the rest is matte, which in addition to the design component allows you to naturally adjust the amount of incoming sunlight. In order for the powerful root system of cacti not to destroy the basalt base, in addition to sand, the base of the greenhouse contains elements of stone and concrete.