Sky Bridge-Green Rail Line in Beigang

During the Japanese colonization period, sugar industry had driven the building of Beigang Taiwan Sugar Railway and Beigang Fuxing Bridge. Chia-Pei Railway became the popular route because of the economic development of Xingang and Beigang, also the flourishing of Beigang Chao-Tian Temple and Xingang Feng-Tian Temple. Unfortunately, Chia-Pei Railway was finally suspended as the sugar industry was declined.

We try to induce a new life to this cultural, memorable and unique old railway, our principle of design is “the conversation between new old, low and kind development”. We design a tourism and leisure linear green belt and water belt area, which can link to the community of Beigang, providing an outdoor space for residents closer to the natural environment and waters. Besides, after the suspended of sugar railway, the mound became meaningless, just like an earthwork which separate the urban to front and back side. Therefore, we attempt to reverse the blemish side of railway by using an open attitude, which will increase the sense of identity and the sustainable value, driving more cultural and creative business behavior along two roadsides.

Meanwhile, Wenhua Road is the only way of the Live Arts Club in Matsu Birthday Procession Festival every year, therefore the section crossing Wenhua Road is designed 1m higher than the lowest limited height 4.6m of other normal bridges, this bridge will become an important connection between culture and citizen. The unique topography provide a different altitude and angle of view, we use galvanized hollow grid as the paved pedestrian trails, and we lift up 30cm above the protecting slope in order to keep a closely and respectful distance between people and woods. A wide range of materials is applied to this design responding the variety of expression of the existing townhouses.

Sky Bridge is made of RC structure with massive and rugged exposed concrete, which is a sharp contrast with the freedom experience of people. We transform “walking on the bridge” to “walking inside the bridge” by changing the structure system from RC deep beam structure to wall structure. People can view the old Fuxing Bridge ruins throughout the frame on wall with different sensory experience from open to compression, then to focus. Beigang River is surrounded by rich humanity, hydrology, geography resources, Sky Bridge is an intermediary earth sculpture, it is not just connecting two directions, but mostly for staying, gazing all the past memorable history of Beigang.


「天空之橋」為鋼筋混凝土構造,橋身錶面的木紋清水模帶出厚實粗曠的量體感,與行人任意穿梭停留的空間體驗產生強烈對比,這與橋體結構系統上的轉換有關,橋體在舊鐵道護坡尾端以RC深梁板結構的形式出發,於中段時結構轉換為「盒」的板牆系統,將原本「行走在橋面上」的單一路徑體驗轉而「走入橋體空間內」,在橋內透過橋體的框景望見復興鐵橋斷橋遺址,這種由開闊而壓縮,由壓縮而聚焦的感官體驗彷佛是一種經驗時光流動的過程,結構與構造的轉換與空間體驗的層次感相呼應。「天空之橋」不只是為了通行而相連,更多的是為了停留。

2012

2015

Main materials/fair-faced concrete, steel structure, perforated zinc-aluminum plate, galvanized grille, metal mesh, iron wood


Building area / 305.74 m2
Design Date/Jan 2012 - Apr 2012
Construction Period / September 2014 to June 2015

Office Design/Architect/ AMBI. Studio
Architect/Liao Wei-li
Participants / Chen Bo-qi, Zhuang Jia-zhong, Huang You-jun
Supervised / AMBi Studio
Project Management / Chen Bo-qi
Consultant Structure / Tomita Structural Design
Landscape / AMBi Studio
Construction/Youzhen Construction
Owner/Yunlin County Government

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