Publicity of Space and Time
As urban renewal becomes a means for urban continuity, we seek new ways to preserve the public civility of the site that is being redeveloped. We are sensitive not to erase the historic context of the site, understanding that it is a link between past and future.
Chun Sheng Sheng, a city renewal project, is located in the Sanchong District of New Taipei City. The lot is narrow and winding. It reflects the lives of people living in small alleys, connected to the streets, the neighborhood, and the market through the narrowest side of the lot. We hope the new design will preserve the experience of living in the alleys. Through discussions with the land owners the façade of an existing clinic was preserved. The clinic provided a historic connection for the residences of the new apartment complex. The overall massing of the building is “T”-shaped. The tip faces the main road and widens towards the back alley. In order to better integrate the new elevation with the back alley, we added a base datum to the building to respond to the scale of the alley. Evoking colors from the existing context, we developed an elevation design based on three mixed colored tiles, white and brown gratings, black face brick tile, and frieze. With an architectural expression of solids and voids, the building is a rather calming presence within the area’s hustle and bustle. The preservation of the old entrance, the winding passages and the guidance lights evoke the experience of life in the alleys. The preservation of the old clinic represents a kind of “coming home” for the new residences. It preserves the civic domain of the neighborhood and co-exists comfortably with the new building.