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Swooping Green Land Bridge Design Turns Abandoned Taiwan Railway into a Lively Hub
Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 8, 2011 @ 12:50 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Renewable Energy | No Comments
Designed for an international competition focused on revitalizing the Kaohsiung Port Station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, this gorgeous swooping design by Jason Lee and Patrick Koschuch of De Architekten CIE took first place. The project proposed by the duo will transform an abandoned railyard and port station into a spectacular and sustainable housing complex and public meeting space. Their design hopes to break the barrier that now exists between the Hamasen and Yancheng districts of the city, fusing them instead into one lively hub. CIE’s new plan will also preserve the historic structures to create a new sector for the thriving city that calls to both the future and the past.
A gorgeous new park, commercial zones, cultural buildings, residences and museum are in the works. One of the most unusual features is a lush park, which is built atop a gridwork of the abandoned railways.
With the railways at the core of its design, CIE has created quite a site. Pathways for both cyclists and pedestrians will extend over a fantastic green landbridge  that arches above the park below, and creates an undulating series of green hills across the landscape. Cyclists  and walkers can ascend and descend the slopes, which will also host curated museum programs.
The new plan, which enhances the existing architecture, will also be energy efficient . The position of the commercial and residential buildings will minimize solar gain , take advantage of the cross breezes and provide serene views for its residents. The entire project will be a giant leap forward for the expanding city, attracting tourists while providing locals with an innovative and historically rich place to live.
Via Arch Daily 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/swooping-green-land-bridge-design-turns-abandoned-taiwan-railway-into-a-lively-hub/cie-kaohsiung-port-7/
 fantastic green landbridge: http://inhabitat.com/lush-green-pedestrian-bridge-revitalizes-abandoned-parisian-roadways/
 Cyclists: http://inhabitat.com/bmws-new-motorrad-e-scooter-concept-is-a-blazing-electric-ride/
 energy efficient: http://inhabitat.com/el-hierro-the-worlds-first-renewable-energy-island-or-is-it/
 solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/inviting-glass-town-library-wins-breeam-rating-of-excellence-in-enfield/
 + CIE Architecture: http://www1.cie.nl
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/148606/kaohsiung-port-station-urban-design-competition-winning-proposal-by-de-architekten-cie/
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