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  7. In Progress: Kaohsiung Station / Mecanoo

In Progress: Kaohsiung Station / Mecanoo

  • 23:00 - 10 October, 2018
In Progress: Kaohsiung Station / Mecanoo
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Client

    Railway Reconstruction Bureau / Pacific Engineers & Constructors, Ltd.
  • Area

    182000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2023
  • Photographs

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

Text description provided by the architects. The new Kaohsiung Station is the crowning achievement of the massive Kaohsiung Metropolitan Area Underground Railway Project, which includes seven subterranean stations along a 9.75 km railway tunnel. It will be a true transportation hub integrating train, metro, local and intercity bus services, taxi and bicycle. 

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

As a key project for the city’s transformation, the aboveground station has been designed to add valuable public green space and activate the local community. Kaohsiung Station’s central hall unfolds underneath a bright ceiling of oval-shaped lights. Arriving from the underground platforms, the immersive space will make people feel instantly familiar.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

The station’s large curvilinear shaped canopy reaches out to the city in a powerful gesture, acting as a green connector that unifies different modes of transport, and represents Kaohsiung’s vision for the future as a sustainable city. 

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

With a cycling path running east west on top, the station’s multi-layered landscape introduces a generous amount of public space into the city centre. Designed as a destination rather than merely an efficient mobility hub, the station offers a myriad of facilities for the local community and travellers.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

The sprawling landscaped canopy protects the open public plaza underneath from Kaohsiung’s tropical climate like large trees would do. Here people can meet, enjoy a refreshing breeze, or visit events that take place at the station, like a farmers’ market, second-hand market, traditional open air opera or a mobile library. 

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

The colonial Japanese station building, which will be relocated to its original site, is embraced by the canopy and symbolically reconnects the old and new Kaohsiung.

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

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Cite: "In Progress: Kaohsiung Station / Mecanoo" 10 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/903677/kaohsiung-station-mecanoo/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

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