In designing the future city of Taichung Gateway, the main vision was creating an urban space which is adaptive to the prospect human living condition and nature alteration. Space becomes more temporal and constantly changing due to new advance technology and development in mobility. Meanwhile the increasing civilization affects nature tremendously. Natural disaster becomes a regular occurrence. We envision a morphing relationship between Man and Nature where interactions become key factor for society to thrive in this condition.
Objective – 3 Major Roles
Where the changing is constant and space is limited, the space becomes an all-in-one multi function performer. Beyond an open space, park of the future city is responsible for 3 other roles that will accommodate and mitigate the changing manner of and between man and nature.
Park as Nature Nurture New Ecology & Wildlife Habitat
Balance Natural Phenomenon and Urban Activities
Stimulate Comfortable Micro Climate
Park as Culture Evoke Taiwanese Culture & Ecology
Provide platform for Changing Urban Activities
Enrich Eco-Conscious Urban Culture
Park as Infrastructure Clean Urban Waste Water
Absorb Flood Disaster
Generate Own Energy
Surface = PAD + PATH
Pad = Adaptable platform varies in size and material corresponding to different need of Nature and Man’s activities
Path = Threshold between pads that allow nature and man’s flow to pass through
Flow = Animated Activities of Nature and Man
Process = Agricultural Process as metaphor of how Human Culture interact with Phenomenon in Nature
Park is designed based on interplaying of Nature flow and Human flow.
Nature Flow – Connecting from the existing river, natural elements – including Water, Plant, Flora and Fauna flow through the site. New nature is created.
Human Flow – Vibrant Master planning around the park result in an inter-weaving pattern of human flow in the park
The interactions between the 2 flows are manifested in various pads and space influenced by their function and seasonal weather condition. The proposed anatomy of the park allow natural ecosystem to flourish alongside ever-changing urban activity.
Morphing Park is divided into 4 precincts according to their adjacent District Zoning and Water Treatment Program
1. Neighbourhood Ground – Adjacent to Eco-Residential District
Sunken Pad in various sizes and finishes for Sport, Recreation and Neighbourhood Market.
2. Creative Hill – Adjacent to Gateway District
Lawn Theatre covering the Movie City accommodates various Cultural Event.
3. Botanic Garden – Adjacent to Cultural Business District
Interplay of vibrant Botanic Pads, Activity Pads, and Wetland Pads
4. Cultural Farmland – Adjacent to Innovation R&D District
Enliven seasonal rotation of Agriculture Pads
Period of Design: 2011