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Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Taiwan Architecture News - Nov 05, 2021 - 09:39   784 views

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo has transformed a historic dyke and former railway track into a people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Named Taichung Green Corridor, the project comprises the redevelopment of the 1.7 km existing dyke and former railway track into a linear park, including herb garden, street fitness, tribune, playground, viewpoint and waterpark.

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Located in Taichung, Taiwan, Mecanoo's design reuses the rail line to connect the different parts of the city in a sustainable way by creating a green corridor for biodiversity and including bike and pedestrian lanes to better cater for the needs of the community.

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

"The 1.7km long former railway line crossing downtown Taichung was an important catalyst for the development of the old city. The railway’s historical value plays an important role in the revitalisation of the urban realm on which it sits," said Mecanoo.

"Although in the past the rail line functioned as way of connecting people, the disused railway acts more as a barrier due to its challenging location on the dyke, which impedes circulation from one side of the tracks to the other."

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

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 bikes. 

Relying on Mecanoo’s extensive urban planning experience, the design shapes a people-oriented green corridor, complementing the Green River’s waterfront.

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

To create this project, Mecanoo is inspired by the area’s strong historical character and sets a coherent, recognisable theme for the project. The firm introduced a new circulation system layout relying on the track pattern of the junction railway. 

Based on the visual language of the railway infrastructure, the routes branch out to integrate the existing and future planned functions.

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

"We define the green corridor as a continuous public park in the centre of the city, which will support the conservation and development of the area’s flora and fauna, while improving the connections for pedestrians and bike users in Taichung centre," the firm added. 

"The project integrates existing and newly added functions to the area into a coherent linear park."

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

The green corridor will become a destination and invite users to explore and enjoy the green qualities of the park. Its urban location makes it an ideal place for leisure and recreational activities. 

The park is designed to intensify the use of the area for the local and wider Taichung community, while promoting a more coherent city infrastructure.

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Masterplan

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Taichung Green Corridor Scheme 1

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Taichung Green Corridor Scheme 2

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Taichung Green Corridor Scheme 3

Mecanoo transforms Taichung's historic railway line into people-oriented green corridor in Taiwan

Taichung Green Corridor Scheme 4

Project facts

Programme: Redevelopment of the 1.7 km existing dyke and former railway track, into a linear park with herb garden, street fitness, tribune, playground, viewpoint and waterpark

Design team: Mecanoo and local landscape firm S.D Atelier, ARIA architect & planners

Design: 2017

Realisation: 2018-2020

Client: Taichung city government, Taichung, Taiwan

All images © Ethan Lee

All drawings © Mecanoo 

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