In comparison to the fast-paced lifestyle of neighboring Taipei’s, residences of Yilan enjoy endless greenery and a leisurely lifestyle. It is a unique feature of the Yilan way of life, unencumbered by the burdens of urban living and surely envied by the city folks.
The bicycle lane under the elevated railway track on the east of Yilan City follows the old railway tracks and develops into a 700 meters long linear park. It connects northward with the Yilan Train Station and Diu Diu Dang’s green traffic system. A friendly passageway that allows students to bike to and from classes more safely and conveniently, its multiple entry points allow residents in the neighborhood easy excess to exercise and walks. A leisurely walk along the park after a full meal at dusk provides a particular kind of happiness to the residences of Yilan.
The elevation of Yilan city’s railway bridge provided a large rain shed providing shelter for strollers and bikers. Expressway and state highway are connected to the southern and northern edges of the railway bridge, creating an entrance to Yilan for travelling bikers. Naturally the railway bridge became the site for further design exploration.
There was originally the old and elevated railway foundation on site, and without the need for excavation, we molded an undulating, flowing, and friendly space. We created a slightly higher mound allowing views to distance fields of green paddy, or act silly and race with the bustling train. We molded the pathway a bit lower and more open, creating a resting plaza. The flooring colors, topography, seating and lighting that look like little white flowers all make friendly contacts with the nearby neighborhood and landscape, kindly letting the activities extend inward. The liveliness of plants allows for a vibrant space; their swaying branches make the space fully dynamic. Blooming flowers and their fragrances attract people passing by, letting them forget the enormous existence of the railway bridge’s structure. Fruits hanging from trees point to a harvesting ahead. Let the joy of harvest extends outward, evoking a sense of simplicity gradually disappearing due to urbanization, and in turn initiate a care for the environment and other life beings.