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Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Taiwan Architecture News - Sep 10, 2019 - 00:39   1270 views

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Taipei young architecture firm Arctangent Architecture + Design has successfully converted old brewery factory into an exhibition hall in the middle region of Taiwan. The Taichung cultural heritage park was originally built in 1916 as brewery factory during the Japanese occupation period of Taiwan. It was 1998, when the urban sprawl of the city lead to relocation of production lines elsewhere. Its eighty-two-year-old industrial plant was an urban giant and waiting for new definition. In 2002, the Taichung City Government designated 16 out of 28 buildings in the area as historic monuments. Serval buildings got preserved and rehabilitated for art exhibition and performance venue. Most of them trying to mimic the old for bring the past to present. 

On the contrary, Arctangent is interested in building spaces for bridging the gap between past and future. Optimizing the central location of existing building, a new roofed courtyard is created as a viaduct to connect adjacent neighborhood park. New ramped gallery forms a new roof to old space, together with sunken pitch for displaying existing machinery; a three-dimensional viewing experience for viewer helps one to understand the special relationships between new and old, conscious and subconscious, and programmed and accidental endeavors. 

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Aerial photo

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Model a plug-in vessel

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Dialogue between old and new

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Ground floor open up to the south

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Night time view to the concourse

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Concourse

The arrangement and design of building sections play important role for space organization and experiential sequence. Layering, weaving, and juxtaposition are keywords for designing of space and form. Viewers experience the spaces through movements. What Arctangent expected was a dialogue between one’s perception of the layering of spaces in totality and one’s relation to the heritage park as promenaded. A rich and complex viewing experience and cognitions enhance one’s understanding between new and old, private and public, and formal and informal.

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Longitudinal section

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

East side elevation

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Section shows vertical circulation and remped gallery

Section shows the main program space

Dialogue with the Machine Age - Arctangent Presents A New Renovation Project in Taiwan

Night time view of new roof and its surrounding

Night time view from above

Project facts 

Project Name: R04 Building in the Cultural Heritage Park

Location:Taichung City, Taiwan

Designed years: 2006-09

Completed year: Jun 2015

Architect: Arctangent Architecture + Design, Taipei

Partner in charge : Chiakai K Yang ( RA New York City ) + Yu-Chin Chen 

Project Team: Fan Shu-Ya, Wang Ying-Ching, Chou Jung-Chin, Hsu Chieh-Wen, Kuo Chao-Min, Chiang Chiao-Ming, Chen Wei-Ying, Chen Chin-Piao

General Contractor: Jiangxing Construction Co., Ltd.

Technical Data: Steel frame, metal mesh, aluminum extrusions, Glass

All images and drawings © Arctangent Architecture + Design 

All images and drawings courtesy of Arctangent Architecture + Design

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