Japanese architecture firm Norihiko Dan and Associates recently designed this striking visitor and admin centre at the Sun Moon Lake, the largest body of water in Taiwan. The lake is one of the country's biggest tourist attractions, and an island that sits in the middle called Lalu is even considered sacred by the indigenous Thao tribe. The new visitor centre is an amazing, sinuous design, which slopes gently upward from the landscape on one side, rising to face the water on two different levels with a long curving balcony with amazing views over the water. The functional, brutal concrete is grassed over on the roof, but the contrast of this staple building material, set against the lush green countryside and the clear water in this incredible setting make for a very special project.
Click on the images to see them larger - the final one in particular is worth a closer look.
All photographs © Anew Chen, courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates