META GARDEN

Graduate Thesis at PCCU A+UD    |    2016

Graduate Thesis at PCCU A+UD

Instructor: Ying Fong Chen

“The Garden Beyond”,

It’s a new form of citizen park, reflecting the desire of the city, making people gathered here, building a symbiotic relationship independently. It’s an atypical urban park rebuild project. 

Location:

Sec. 2, Civic Blvd., Zhongzheng Dist.,Taipei, Taiwan

 

The east tunnel was abandoned and treated as an alternate emergency area after the Railway Underground Project in Taipei, exposing and extending underneath the
central culture park awkwardly. It has been forgotten by citizens and urban development.

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The plaza on the east side of the site makes people gather. The plaza extends to the opened historical railway which is the main path of the park. When passing through it, pedestrians can see the hanging garden from a low position and see the layer of the ground at the opening of the wall. These will make citizens truly feel they are taking part in the city.

The commercial spaces mainly are for public welfare, like farmers’ markets, creatives market, or free exhibitions. They also can be rent as a studio, and the studio needs to hold workshops or exhibitions to feedback to the public. Reserve the railway completely and let all kinds of large machinery on the railway be as the display truly. Like the cute’ism architecture, it’s no need to hide the railway culture. To reveal them truly is more approachable.

A park shouldn’t only be delimited as a flat one on the ground. Because of the history of this land and the underground space, it is possible to be developed downward. It’s a new form of citizen park, reflecting the desire of the city, making people gathered here, building a symbiotic relationship independently. It’s an atypical urban park rebuild project. 

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