Silent Garden Taipei Project, Taiwan Building Design

Silent Garden Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwanese Architecture design by Patricia Meneses

Taipei City, Taiwan

Design: Patricia Meneses / studio patricia meneses

25 Nov 2011

Silent Garden Taipei

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Nothing ever got me,
Nothing ever took me,
But the strings of the violin while the worm knitted
its refuge to metamorphose.

Silent Garden Taipei Installation, Patricia Meneses

The project is based on extracting the essence of poetry kept in nature. nature poems.

The silk worm, an insect capable to create its own space to become a butterfly, Through its own fluids, building a perfect organic refuge to live its metamorphosis.

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A white path to get lost stepping on crystalline minerals, hearing its sound, its brilliance to discover an undefined volume behind the mist.

The project consists on the creation of a space that invites to be penetrated. A silk garden, emerges from the earth as a chrysalis, a white luminous vault creates an inner space surrounded by nature.

A refuge for living creatures, space of light, nature sounds, echoes that empty the space, while the individual approaches, finding himself in this inner-inside space.
Facing himself with basic elements of nature, water, minerals, housed by a silk skin, where flying creatures live.

The confrontation of man with nature, too close but too far.

The project reflects about the relations of the individual with his utopian space, His relation with nature and his natural and built environment.

The historic search of man to find a refuge to exist, multiple layers of silk thread, an epidermis made by an insect, a material with a strong symbolism, a natural source as important part of eastern culture, its origin, layers that hide, expose and reveal multiple reflections of the human interior.

Macro and Micro cosmos, participating on the same poetic, sound, visual and literary architectures, proposing to open new ways to establish a dialogue between human and nature through space.

As an analogy of life, the chrysalis works as a space to metamorphose.

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a project made by Patricia Meneses
developed by studio patricia meneses ©

with the collaboration of Francisco Giménez, Carbó Manuel, Rocha Iturbide, Jeanne de Bussac, Gosia Kierzerk, Salomé Ayuso

Sound piece Semi No Koe by Manuel Rocha Iturbide.

Photographs: Francisco Giménez Carbó, Jason Kao, Patricia Meneses

Special thanks to all the people that worked and believed in this project: Jason Kao, Yien Kwan Tzan, Hsin-Hone Pan, Yi-Wei Huang, Grace Tsao, Wan-TingTsai, Sophie Lai, Nina Lu, Tingliang Lo, Marisol Riesco, Phyllis, Lucas Kao, Mr. Wang, Mr. Lee, among all the rest of the persons that worked to build this project.

Semi No Koe
for flute and digital tape
Japan, Mexico 2001
by Manuel Rocha Iturbide, musician

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This composition was conceived and almost entirely produced in Tokyo, Japan. The artist arrived to this country in the month of august 2000, on plain summer, a station where the cicadas sing frenetically, after years of being under the earth in the form of embryo, they finally come out for only two or three weeks, in order to fly and sing without pause before perishing.

The impression of this phenomena drove to write a work for flute and two digital tracks where the timbers of the flute would emulate the birth of the cicadas. This piece is structured following the Haiku formula, a small Japanese poem form, invented by Basho in the XVII century. These poems are constructed by 17 syllables, in the order 5, 7, 5.
The haiku’s written by Basho and by other early Japanese poet’s talk constantly about sounds produced by insects and other animals, and about how they break with silence.
These types of poems have a strong influence of ZEN philosophy.
A poem written by Basho about Cicadas, draws imaginary images, contrasting rhythm and structure:

Shizuakasa ya
Iwa Ni Shimiiru
Semi No Koe

The stillness
Soaking into stones
Cicada’s cry

“Semi no Koe” could be though of as a programmatic work, although the decisions regarding the different formal aspects of the piece were defined starting from the fractal proportions of the ratio 5:7:5. In this way, the work is carefully structured in a fractal way, but it also try’s to emulate through the acoustic and electroacustic sounds of the flute and the cicadas, the abstract complexity of nature.


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