The Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo will become a destination and invite users to explore and enjoy the green qualities of the park. Based on different properties of the dyke, programmes such as herb garden, street fitness, tribune, playground, viewpoint and waterpark create an ideal place for leisure and recreation activities.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

Architect: Mecanoo
Client: Taichung City Government, Taichung, Taiwan
Location: Jianguo Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan
Design: 2017
Construction: 2018-2019
Design team: Mecanoo and local landscape firm S.D Atelier, ARIA architect & planners.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

From the architect: 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.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

Sustainable life, sustainable history & culture
Although in the past, the rail line was a mean of connection, the disused railway acts more as a divider due to its challenging location on the dyke, which impedes the circulation from one side of the tracks to the other.

The current proposal will reuse 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/pedestrian lanes to better cater for the needs of the community.

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 30-years urban planning experience, the design will shape a people-oriented green corridor, complementing the Green River’s waterfront.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

Inspiration
To maintain the area’s strong historical character, and set a coherent, recognisable theme for the project, the new circulation system layout relies on the junction railway track pattern.

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

A linear park in the city centre
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
• Improve connections for pedestrians and bike users in Taichung centre
• Integrate existing and newly added functions to the area into a coherent linear park

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

A destination for all
The green corridor will become a destination and invite users to explore and enjoy the green qualities of the park. Based on different properties of the dyke, programmes such as herb garden, street fitness, tribune, playground, viewpoint and waterpark create an ideal place for leisure and recreation activities. All the proposed programmes are designed to intensify the use of the area for the local and wider Taichung community while promoting a more coherent city infrastructure.

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

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

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Former rail infrastructure on a dike with slopes on both sides: keep the existing slopes and create public routing up and down the dike.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

Former rail infrastructure on a dike with walls: keep the existing walls and create public spaces in the upper and lower level.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

Connection to other infrastructure: activate the connection to the water level.

Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

Former rail infrastructure bridges: keep existing bridges and create new relations and public connections.

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Taichung Green Corridor by Mecanoo

The green corridor will become a destination and invite users to explore and enjoy the green qualities of the park

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