Cultural Infrastructure Series VII: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
45 years of architectural splendor
The National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall under the Ministry of Culture celebrated its 45th anniversary on May 16, 2017. Completed in 1972, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a building designed by famous architect Wang Da-hong (王大閎), combining the characteristics of traditional Chinese and modern Western architecture.
Located in the eastern district of the Taipei metropolitan jungle, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has witnessed the development of Taipei City from the west to the east, becoming a cultural park where humanity and nature merge together.
In particular, designs such as its imitation Tang Dynasty-style yellow streamlined roof, the four corners of the eaves rising into the sky, the rising cornice representing the image of entrance, water bricks plus ocher red steel bricks, and the pillars and beams made with the stone-chopping method, exude the ease of artistic charm amidst the bustling metropolitan area.
These are complemented by beams and pillars situated at an 135-degree cutting angle, the lean atmosphere made by the 1:4 ratio of door width to height, the sauce-red architectural features, and the leaning style of the hall’s railings.
For 45 years, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has been a place with more functions than just memorialising the changing of the times. It is also an important venue for professional art and cultural exhibitions and performing activities,
As the most distinctive cultural landscape in Taipei City, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial is a palace of art and culture accompanying national cultural development and for citizens to share happy memories.
To celebrate its 45th birthday, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has released a collection of stories about the Memorial Hall. “Spreading Fraternity: Happy Stories of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 45th Anniversary” includes 60 true stories about National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall that took place in the past 45 years.
The commemorative publication also includes interviews with successive directors of the Memorial Hall and many celebrities in the arts and cultural circles, recording the happiness that National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has fostered since its founding .. (read more)
About the Architect
As a groundbreaking architect in Taiwan, Wang Da-hong created a new architectural style of his own and mentored those who became the nation’s contemporary leading architects. His innovative vision has brought new aesthetics to Taiwan’s architectural world since the 1950s and leads the modern movement of architecture, in which his works are forever reminiscent of Chinese cultural context within the modernist presentation in Taiwan .. (read more)