National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall architect dies aged 100

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Wang Da-hong (王大閎)/CNA file photo

Wang Da-hong (王大閎)/CNA file photo

Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Wang Da-hong (王大閎), the renowned architect of the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, passed away Monday at the age of 100, his son confirmed Tuesday.

Wang died in his sleep at 7:05 p.m. He had been bedridden for long periods since suffering a stroke four to five years ago, which affected his speech and his ability to swallow.

Wang was born July 6, 1917 in Beijing and studied at Cambridge University and Harvard University, according to information on the Ministry of Culture (MOC) website.

After leaving China at the age of 13 to study in Europe and the United States, Wang relocated in 1952 to Taipei, which is home to his remarkable design, the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, completed in 1972.

National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall/CNA file photo

His other works include the 1st Student Activity Center on the National Taiwan University campus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, the website added.

For his contributions to Taiwan's modern architecture, Wang received the National Award for the Arts in 2009 and the National Cultural Award in 2013, the MOC said.

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said in a press release Tuesday that Wang was one of the first Chinese architects to be educated in Western architecture and that his works are full of understanding and reflection of the two cultures.

His works also show understanding and reflection for tradition and modernity, countryside and urban areas, and handicrafts and industry, Cheng said, adding that he has earned a reputation as the "eternal architectural poet."

Cheng said the MOC has requested a presidential commendation for Wang and will assist his family with funeral matters.

(By Sabine Cheng and William Yen)
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