East Gate Plaza Renovation

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Location:Hsin-Chu, Taiwan
Client:Hsin-Chu City
Architect:Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu, A+B Design
Award:Emerging Architecture

An urban center renewal project, its cultural significance is successfully expressed through urban design and landscape strategies.
The East Gate Built in 1827 is located in the center of the roundabout, making it fairly inaccessible and removed from its surroundings. The design plan is to construct a skyway to shuttle people from the Sunrise Gate to the recessed, rectangular plaza. The city moat is also linked together once again
The East Gate and the plaza are linked with the city by means of the walkway along the moat, greatly increasing the plaza’s accessibility, and allowing the historic site and modern city to interact. The excavation for the bridge pier, where has six antique chen-cheng stones and modern bronze structures, also contributes to the historic feel of the area. The empty space and glass at the intersection of the moat and city gate form a strong contrast, and accentuate the 31-year old site.