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Arch Design Award 



Interior Design Category


The Art and Science of Deconstruction

Designed by

ALIDA YU-PING LI / TabiTha Design Associate






Team Members:

The Art and Science of Deconstruction

Educational Architecture

Taichung City, Taiwan

ALIDA YU-PING LI / TabiTha Design Associate

Photo Credits:

TabiTha Design Associate


TabiTha Design Associate

The design project of the university space is an exquisite amalgamation of retro and technological elements, seamlessly blending the past and future into a harmonious whole. While preserving some of the existing structure, the designer has skillfully incorporated modern aesthetics, colors, materials, and lighting to create an entirely new space that is both functional and visually appealing. The design is imbued with the imagery of a church and a forest, evoking a sense of serenity, communication, and elegance that is perfect for teaching. The space is akin to a spaceship, symbolizing a journey toward a brighter future, where hope, knowledge, and innovation are shared among teachers and students.

To cater to the diverse needs of the users in the space, the team designed a lounge for both relaxation and communication, along with an upgraded version of the Harvard Lecture Hall as a classroom. This provides multiple possibilities for the users to relax, find inner peace, and interact with others. The original partition layout and a portion of the ceiling structure were retained. Linear lights, LED lights, pendant lights, and flat panel lights were added, along with the reconfiguration of movement lines and the design of glass partitions. These changes significantly improved the space's permeability, continuity, directionality, and acoustic effect.

The classroom design takes inspiration from the spatial layout of Harvard University's Lecture Hall, with improvements made. The primary objective of the design is to create an environment that promotes interaction between teachers and students. To achieve this, the seating and podium layout has been arranged in such a way that every student can see every part of the classroom. This encourages active participation, interaction, and speaking among students, leading to better learning outcomes.

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