Highly commended: Rebirth project of the year 2019: The Forest BIG is a mesh-covered educational events space located in a wooded area of the Shangri-La Park in Miaoli, Taiwan, where a theme park once existed.
Previously an abandoned house, the building now accommodates a kitchen space, workshops and classrooms. The netting also forms a 300-metre-long looping corridor surrounding the building, which forms a ring-shaped gallery and provides a soft boundary for the project. Divooe Zein Architects created the space to encourage interaction with nature. An installation-like arrangement of rocks provides a focal point in the centre of the space, alongside outdoor classrooms, garden spaces and a pond.