The site of the Happiness Square landscape design project covers urban open spaces including the original parking lot and car access in front of the Auditorium at the intersection between Fohou Street and Zhongyang Road at the side entry to Hsinchu City Hall, the square in front of Hsinchu Art Museum, the grassy greenbelt along the moat and the 228 Memorial. It neighbors important cultural spaces such as the Hsinchu City Hall Auditorium, Hsinchu Art Museum, 228 Memorial and Hsinchu City Hall (the historical building of former colonial Hsinchu City Hall) and encompasses key nodes of urban open spaces along the cultural corridor of Hsinchu's moat.
The design and planning goals of this project are to shape a comprehensive corridor of cultural landscapes at the city center, connect urban open space systems around the city, respond to the architectural functions of existing cultural facilities and express the qualities of local urban open spaces.
The design of the plaza uses fluid modularized curves to integrate the formal languages of different areas at the intersection. Variations in the concave/convex curves and the elevations of different interfaces help form important spatial nodes that address both the environmental characteristics and functional requirements such as resting, lingering and exhibition. Straightforward materials like ceramic tiles and weatherproof steel are selected to echo the cultural context formed by the history and memories of the moat and historical buildings in the area. Interwoven and free-flowing ceramic-brick paving is completed using the basic size of the vertically laid ceramic brick and modularized patterns of circles and curves. The systematic and modular use of materials and construction techniques contributes to simplifying the construction. The core objective is to create a relationship of tension between the abstract and the interstices through dialectics of geometric orders between unit/whole and system／variation. The quintessential weight and firmness of the vertically laid ceramic bricks offer an interpretation of the spatiotemporal meaning of a place woven by material, time and body.
Improvements to access to the underground parking on Fuhou Street are aimed at effectively reducing the impact created by the volumes at the entry to the urban landscape and visual effect. After a comprehensive examination of the necessary facilities and space in the existing building and their functions, the existing reinforced concrete building is reduced to one story high, and facilities and equipment on the second story are consolidated so that a "box" made of weatherproof steel now creates a clean-cut and contemporary viewing platform in harmony with the urban landscape and offers a place for the public to rest.