• Professionalism, Continuance and Sustainability in Architecture

    “The natural selection principle of "survival of the fittest" is about neither predator and prey nor the elimination of the weak. Rather it is how to equip oneself to contribute more, to enrich humankind, the environment, and culture, and most importantly, to alleviate the sufferings of future generations. I believe this is true of architecture as well. Through generations of continuance and sustainable practice, the professional value of architecture has been demonstrated, and its contribution can reach new heights and vision.” ──Joshua Jih Pan   In September 2019, we received an invitation from ta Taiwan Architecture to serve as the guest editor of this issue. With nearly four decades of history, we at JJP asked ourselves from what perspective should we view architecture. What is the purpose of JJP to assemble nearly 300 professionals? The answer has nothing to do with the projects, regardless of scale or individual preference, but rather a shared belief  more

  • "The Cultural Construction of a Global Brand" - Giant Group Global Headquarters

    The May issue of the Taiwan Architect magazine features the "Giant Group Global Headquarters" designed by JJP, as its cover story. A special commentary further explores how the project’s architectural design resolves a myriad of challenges to elevate the act of "brand building" to the art of "cultural construction". Located within the Taichung campus of the Central Taiwan Science Park, amongst the leading IT manufacturers of Taiwan, the dynamically sculpted building forms are clad in aluminum panels to recall Giant’s technological prowess and evoke the speed and simplicity of the bicycle. The soaring office/R+D tower and curvaceous cycling museum compose a distinct landmark uniquely suited for the new headquarters of Giant Group. read more: Giant Group Global Headquarters Portfolio Taiwan Architect Magazine - Introduction Taiwan Architect Magazine - Review  Tectonic Becoming Exhibition 2020  more

  • New Taipei City Municipal Hospital Begins Trial Operation

    After 6-years of design and construction, the New Taipei City Municipal Hospital begins its trial operation on April 29th, 2020. The Department of Health of the New Taipei City Government implemented a BOT (build, operate and transfer) model, and the Chang Gung medical foundation won the bid. This general teaching hospital consists of 3 below and 15 above grade floors with 1,000 beds and 39 medical divisions. The project adopts the concept of urban transformation, which utilizes local resources with human-oriented medical care. By introducing characteristics of local culture, the hospital embodies warmth with vibrant colors, such as the “tung blossom” on the cornerstone. The design meets the standards of a gold-certified Green Building, silver-grade Intelligent Building, and BIM, promoting the idea of an ecologically friendly, energy-saving, waste reduced, and healthy environment. The project was granted with the New Taipei City Urban Design Award in 2017. The hospital will become a general  more

  • Tectonic Becoming Exhibition 2020

    The "Tectonic Becoming Exhibition 2020" started from March 21 to May 3 at the Taichung Cultural Heritage Park. As one of the participants of the exhibition, JJP presented the Giant Group Global Headquarters. The project manager, David Lee, gave a speech on the weekend seminar on April 18th at the outdoor plaza of the park. In response to the Covid-19 prevention measures, the venue was limited to 25 audiences, and the seminar was broadcasted on Facebook. Mr. Wenzhou Wen, Chief of Staff of Giant Group, and Mr. Liao Xueben, Director of Best Giving Construction, also joined the seminar and shared their perspectives on the design of the project and the exploration of architectural integration between Taiwan and the rest of the world. The building “Giant Group Global Headquarters”, as design by JJP, mimics not only the curvature of bicycle wheels, but the implementation of sustainable design also reflects the concept of  more

  • JJP speaks on an online dialogue featuring #architecture

    As the guest editor of the 2020 June issue of the Taiwan Architecture Magazine (TA), JJP hosted a series of architectural interview and forum. The only public interview, held on April 11th at the Social Innovation Lab, featured Shu-chang Kung, Jr-Gang Chi, Nancy Lin, JJP’s principal Chungwei Su, and Enta Yang, founder of Forgemind ArchiMedia, as the moderator. This architectural dialogue takes on the theme of TA’s 2020 June issue “Generational Legacy and Sustainable Architecture Practice.” At this critical moment of a global epidemic, the event was held virtually to protect both the speakers and the audience. Deepest gratitude to those who participated. The topics discussed will be reflected in the June issue of TA and Forgemind ArchiMedia. Please follow us on Facebook and YouTube for further information. read more: JJP Facebook  JJP YouTube Forgemind ArchiMedia  more

  • Two JJP projects win Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL)

    The first UK Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL) in 2019 has announced its finalists: The "Hsinchu Municipal Library" and "Midway House, Tsai Hsing Elite Club," both designed by JJP. The judges are comprised of representatives of internationally renowned architecture firms, including UNStudio (Netherlands), Zaha Hadid (UK), C. F. Møller (Denmark), and more. The award serves as an integrated platform that recognizes creative, innovative, socially impactful, and sustainable design solutions from the works of worldwide architects, interior designers, and real estate developers. Through creative ways of integrating local culture with sustainability, and embracing innovative architectural ideas, the two award-winning projects demonstrate JJP’s efforts in engaging with the international design community. read more: Midway House, Tsai Hsing Elite Club Hsinchu Municipal Library  more

  • World Book & Copyright Day @ National Library of Information invites JJP

    Celebrating World Book & Copyright Day, the National Library of Public Information and National Formosa University collaborated on the exhibition, “Beyond the Frame - Decoding the Workman’s Accomplishment,” where Joshua Pan, FAIA was invited to participate. Featuring “Reading Architecture” as the main theme, JJP’s exhibition consists of two parts: “Dreams that were achieved” and “Dreams yet to be realized.” The latter will be kept in the library as a permanent collection. The exhibition showcases the following projects: National Library of Public Information, National Taiwan University Hospital Cancer Center, Chinese Culture University Gymnasium, National Taipei University Electrical & Information Engineering Building, Neihu Media Production Park BOT Project, and Ping Tung Performing Art Hall. With the theme “the journey of an architect” as the basis, Mr. Pan recommends a series of a good read, including Chinese and English literature and children’s illustration books. He inspires the readers by conveying the importance of mastering the fundamentals  more

  • Giant Group Global Headquarters @ Tectonic Becoming Exhibition

    The 2020 “Tectonic Becoming Exhibition” will open on March 28 in the Taichung Cultural Heritage Park. “Giant Group Global Headquarters”, a project designed by JJP, will be exhibited. In terms of architectural design, the building form is dynamically sculpted to recall Giant’s technological prowess, while its curvaceous shape and sustainable design features evoke the simplicity and eco-friendliness of the bicycle. The project is a distinct landmark uniquely suited for the new headquarters of Giant Group. Following the tradition of the “Tectonic Becoming Exhibition,” the exhibition materials will include an overall site model and sectional models. Furthermore, related design drawings and photos, along with a 1: 1 model of a curved aluminum panel, are also featured for visitors to witness from conception to completion. On the opening day, project architect David Lee will be giving a presentation and engage with participants at the forum to further elaborate on the project. Read more: • 2020 Tectonic  more

  • "Leading Pioneer in Industrial Upgrade" Lite-On Technology Phase I Plant and Administration Building

    The master plan of Lite-On Technology project is based on the concept of an unpolished piece of jade, with a network of landscaped roads serving the buildings planned in two phases that are linked by Inner Ring North Road, thereby forming a polished overall configuration. Within the 2.2 hectare site, the architecture takes balance craftsmanship and budget into consideration, effectively shortening the construction period and reducing manpower. The exterior wall adopts modular sandwich panels, while the service core is arranged on the east and west sides of the building. By enriching the façade expression through a bar-code appearance combined with deep recessed windows and curtain wall design, the form and function are effectively integrated. The building includes conferences, administration, work areas, restaurants, training classrooms, and gyms. Natural light is introduced through generous windows, combined with a lighting plan with a delightful color scheme, the aim is to create a pleasant environment for  more

  • Voice Architecture Lab visits JJP

    The founding partner of the Voice Architecture Lab, Mr. Yu-Chieh Chiang, knew JJP’s attendants at “2019 AIA International Region Conference-Shanghai” last year. Both of Mr. Chiang and JJP wished to have further interaction soon. This time, Mr. Jiang visited four principals, Chungwei Su, Hsiao-Ming Chang, Alex Chuang, and Chris H. Chao, on 3/4. Both parties shared their professional practice and some of its bitterness on the projects. In the future, all expect to bring better benefits to society via the architecture profession.  more