The 180,000 sq m project was realised between 2018 - 2021 with Taichung City Government as the client.
The 1.7km former railway line was an important catalyst for the development of the old city. Although previously it functioned as way of connecting people, the disused railway acted as a barrier due to its challenging location on the dyke, impeding circulation from one side of the tracks to the other.
The design reuses the rail line to connect the different parts of the city in a sustainable way by creating a green corridor for biodiversity.
Within this linear site, the sustainable development covered a wide range of planning and design factors including urban regeneration, public participation, historic preservation, green and water resources, and circulation routes for pedestrians and bicycles. Relying on Mecanoo’s extensive urban planning experience, the design shapes a people-oriented green corridor, complementing the Green River’s waterfront.
To maintain the area’s strong historical character and set a recognisable theme for the project, the new circulation system relies on the track pattern of the junction railway. Based on the visual language of the railway infrastructure, the routes branch out integrating existing and future functions.
The green corridor is defined as a continuous public park in the centre of Taichung, supporting the conservation and development of the area’s flora and fauna, while improving the connections for pedestrians and bicycle users. The park is designed to intensify the use of the area for the local and wider community, while promoting a more coherent city infrastructure.
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