Reviving the West District at the Historical North Gate
Mitsui Plaza has been the nexus of economy and traffic since the Japanese period. The convenience of traffic becomes the fabric of the city. As people become more aware of a walkable city, the historical coexistence of people and nature thus serves as the blueprint for future development. The West District is the origin of the Taipei City. With the demolition of the access ramp of Zhongxiao Bridge, the historical Norte Gate and Railway Museum are desegregated. The potential development of Special District E1 and E2 means the significance of linearity along Beiping West Road. The verandas of the old town Taipei will echo the tree-lined boulevard of the Mitsui Plaza. The pedestrians will find themselves walking on a historical trail. The new gateway threads together the Railway Station, Taipei Travel Plaza, and Mitsui Plaza, creating an outdoor living room for Taipei.
+Pedestrian-friendly Urban Space
City is made of people. Economic development has become the basis of Taiwan. The good life is often forgotten. Urban space conceded to the cars. The building of the city should be for the well-beings of people and the value of their life. The future open space is a pedestrian-friendly, walkable place.
Mitsui Plaza is located at the nuclear of the Taipei City. The central point of the east-west corridor. The three main axes of——the Taipei Corridor, the veranda of the Mitsui Warehouse, the Chungching North Road that terminate at the future Twin-tower——intersect on the plaza. The historical context is accentuated by the double-lined tree boulevard. The low-lying branches of the trees create a natural green canopy. In response to the humid hot weather of Taiwan, the selection of the bushes focuses on the Poaceae family, exhibiting the nuanced texture between elegance and wildness, the location of the plaza outside the old city walls.