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Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu (Chinese Consulate)
Combining traditional Chinese forms and colors with modern building techniques, the former Chinese consulate clearly conveys its function. The pailou (gateway) establishes the design theme for the compound. Beyond it is the bright white, pavilion-shaped masonry edifice with red columns, moon gate, bronze lanterns, and plastic laminate frieze with a lozenge pattern. Sculpted gold-colored, national plum blossom flowers adorn the front walls. The roof with its inverted concrete barrel vaults recalls traditional Chinese flared roofs in a modern manner. The two rectangular fountains in the front were formerly filled with carp.
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