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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Taipei MRT Daan Park Station in Taiwan by Che Fu Chang Architects + Sinotech Engineering Consultant Inc.

 
May 25th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Che Fu Chang Architects + Sinotech Engineering Consultant Inc. 

It has been 20 years since the Metro system first established in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. As an underground system, the entrance to the station normally appears like a matchbox on the street like cities worldwide, without any opportunity to interact with its environment. When the extension plan revealed, an ambitious new line, which needles the city’s hot attractions carried out by the city’s public transport bureau. A proposed station site in the city’s biggest green space, the Daan Forest Park, creates a great opportunity to introduce a new idea for Metro station design.

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

  • Architects: Che Fu Chang Architects + Sinotech Engineering Consultant Inc.
  • Project: Taipei MRT Daan Park Station
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Photography: Yueh-Lun Tsai, Department of Rapid Transit Systems of Taipei City
  • Client: Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government
  • Project Team: Yi He Hong, Heng Song Tong, Sin Sing Lin, Jackson Huang, Pei Chen Yang, Chung Yin Wang, Ju Ting Cheng, Ren Yu Fang
  • Structural Engineer: Sinotech Engineering Consultant Inc.
  • M&E Consultant: Sinotech Engineering Consultant Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: SWA Group+ Sinotech Engineering Consultant Inc.
  • Lighting: CMA Lighting Design
  • Size: 19525.73 ft2
  • Design: 2003
  • Completion: 2013

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

The scheme proposed by the design team during the competition was totally out of the juries’ imagination. Unlike the matchbox design, it is literally a station in the park, which breaks the boundary between station and Daan Forest Park. But enormous debates across departments within the city government comes after. In the long run, the conclusion was made by the mayor so the radical idea was able to live up. The proposal aims to transform the metro station from a passive transport service into a vibrant city hub, which connects people, environment and at the same time stimulates porosity. The tactic of embedding the station into the park has also created a gate in the North, which used to be a low active section. The park is therefore getting more accessible and the station has become a jolly linkage, leading citizens to multiple destinations and activities.

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

The station tries to fit in the park and melt in the landform. A semi-circular sunken, stepping down to the platform level extends the landscape into underground. It opens up the dark tubular station to sunlight and fresh air. With the arrangement of elevation control, layers of plaza, corridor and meeting places were created and the surrounding plantation can effectively absorb the noise from people’s activities. While travelers alight at the station, they will be driven by their biological instinct, seeking sunlight and breeze to lead their way to the park. The transition between inside and outside brings the joy of nature and ultimately, turning the daily commute into a wonderful journey.

Image Courtesy © Yueh-Lun Tsai

Image Courtesy © Yueh-Lun Tsai

Image Courtesy © Department of Rapid Transit Systems of Taipei City

Image Courtesy © Department of Rapid Transit Systems of Taipei City

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

 Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

Image Courtesy © Che Fu Chang Architects

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