Old House Renovation
This project locates in the Central District of Taichung. It is an old house over 40 years old with no distinct style. The buildings in the surrounding area are mostly over 30 years old, and a few of them are even more than 80 years old. However, not so many of them worth fully preserved. This area looks like a compound of middle-aged and older buildings. Within the urban development, the building complexes along railways or riverbanks are mostly under-preserved. Additionally, most of them are so over-modified that they have lost their original appearances. Or they even appear to be chaotic due to lack of management. Perhaps each building has its own representative characters or glamorous eras, and this hotel used to be among the most representative ones.
The ordinary building materials for hotel design are abandoned. The nature of materials from tough times is rediscovered within the space-time memory. On the ground floor, the red brick wall perpendicular to the arcade is the wizard to separate the interfaces and the path to enter the room. It connects the indoor and outdoor space while maintaining the nature of the materials. The brick pavement extends beyond the hotel’s building site and reaches other arcades’ pavements. Besides roughly demonstrating the urban memory of the Central District of Taichung, we hope to generate modest influence in the regional context by using the extended pavements.
Passing through the train station and the river, we reach the building site. Along the way, most memorable buildings are old brick houses. Even if they are failed to be preserved properly, we could still build up the space-time imagination from the debris. The old brick houses scatters in the Central District become a rare spatial memory. In addition, renovating the old houses will redefine the memory in urban context!