"Stone Cloud" is situated in a tranquil setting surrounded by mountains with a view of a sea of clouds. This family garden pavilion features blue marble slabs to mirror the sky, reversing the established perception of stones as a material and enabling a cloud-like floating between the mountains and the sea.
"The story is quite amusing," said architect Shu-Cheng Chang referring to this project, hinting at its coincidental denouement. The pavilion is located in a classical Chinese-styled park with deep familial history. Many heavy stone monuments are erected to narrate the story of the family inscribed in stone. However, with the multiple stelae superimposed upon one another, the architect wanted the landscape to be presented uniquely. In an unconventional move, she imagined the stones as white clouds floating in the sky, reuniting "clouds" and "stones" in terms of material and ethos and eliminating the contrast between heaviness and lightness. Make the pavilion to be fully integrated into the landscape while at the same time being permanently weather-resistant.
In the actual utilization of the pavilion, the blue and black stone slabs are transformed into a sunshade roof. The polished blue marble, similar to the color of the sky, refracts the sunlight, creating a visual effect of floating lights and shadows, while the matte black stone slabs are suspended in an interlacing pattern, resulting in the slabs shifting like floating clouds under the passage of daylight. Thus it is named Stone Cloud.
However, upon completing the pavilion, Shu-Cheng Chang accidentally found an article by Mr. Min-Lung Hung. He compared clouds and stones to culture and economy, "I hope to take culture as a guide, and actively respond to social reality with a pragmatic economic foundation." Such a coincidence surprised her when she discovered it. How could such an interesting thing happen?Under the unintentional circumstances, she happened to use the elements of "clouds" and "stones" to realize this pavilion through her imagination, bringing her the realization that we should always be open and receptive to the information provided to us by the environment. Whether it is nature, geography, or artificial elements, all of which can become a "point" worth caring about. When these "points" and other "points" start to connect and form an extensive information network, inspiration and creativity will emerge, which is the fun part of creation. As this moment unfolds, it feels as if your entire journey is worth it.
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