The transformation of the T-axis aims to reconnect the city with nature and its waterfront by creating a lagoon on the site of the former China-Town Mall and a green corridor with public interventions along Haian Road. Construction started in the summer of 2017, and the former underground parking beneath the mall will form the basis for the new public space.
Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Client: Tainan City Government
Programme: Transformation of 5.46 ha into public space
The transformation of China-Town Mall and its perpendicular axis Haian Road, which together form the T-axis, aims to re-establish the waterfront connection and provide an important stimulus to the redevelopment of the neighbourhood by encouraging the use of public spaces and creating a cohesive urban language. Once dismantled, the exposed structure of China-Town Mall will form the base for the new public square, a lush, green lagoon with dunes and playgrounds flanked by small commercial units such as kiosks selling souvenirs, a tourist info point, a teahouse and a gallery.
MVRDV won the competition together with an interdisciplinary team of experts which included local firm The Urbanist Collaborative, local architects LLJ Architects, sustainability/landscape consultant Progressive Environmental Inc, structural engineers Urban Sculptor Planning & Designing Consultants, transport planners THI Consultants Inc and MEP engineers Songsing.
Principal-in-charge: Winy Maas
Partner: Jeroen Zuidgeest
Design team: Hui-Hsin Liao with Ángel Sánchez Navarro and Stephan Boon
Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)
Urban Planners: The Urbanists Collaborative, Taipei, Taiwan
Local Architect: LLJ Architects, Taipei, Taiwan
Landscape Designers: Progressive Environmental Inc., Taipei Taiwan
Structure Design: Urban Sculptor, Taipei, Taiwan
Traffic Engineers: THI Consultants Inc., Taipei, Taiwan
MEP: Songsing Engineering Consultants Inc., Taipei, Taiwan
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