The upcoming Taichung World Floral Exposition, which will be running from Nov. 3 through April 24, 2019 in three venues across Taichung, has invited 30 organizations from around the world to participate in the World Garden landscape design exhibition and competition.
As one of the most anticipated events, the World Garden will be held at the Houli Horse Ranch & Forest Park Area. Based on the terrain that inclines towards west to east, participants will be allowed to utilize local forest and water resources to create landscapes that celebrate this year’s theme of “Rediscover Green, Nature and People.”
The World Garden Area will be divided into five sections that convey different concepts and ideas. The Netherland Pavilion in Europe section, for example, will feature ecology and environment protection.
Co-built by the city government in collaboration with the Taiwan Sugar Corporation and Dutch enterprises, including AkzoNobel, Signify, ING Bank, and DSM, the Netherlands Pavilion is a circular building that will demonstrate the practice of circular economy in architecture.
Constructed with 100% recyclable materials, floors, doors, windows, and furniture in the Netherlands Pavilion are made from second hand materials that were used to build the Taiwan Sugar Corporation’s Kaohsiung-based Pier-2 Sugar Warehouse in 1949.
The roof of the pavilion is painted with AkzoNobel’s coatings that can reduce heat absorption by lowering the temperature of the roof by 10 degree Celsius and room temperature by 5 degree Celsius.
In addition, Signify will provide lighting equipment rental service to introduce the business model of “selling lights instead of lamps.” DSM, which is ranked in the top 10 companies that change the world by Forbes, will showcase “Niaga,” the world’s first recyclable carpet, in the pavilion.
For future reference, a database will be created to record information about the materials used to construct the Netherlands Pavilion. After the end of the floral expo in April, 2019, the pavilion will be disassembled for reuse.
Africa, America, and Asia sections, on the other hand, will showcase architecture and plants that embody characteristics and culture of each country. The Taiwan section will be decorated with red bricks that were often used to construct buildings in early days Taiwan, to convey hospitality.