Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall Set to Become a Green Icon

By: | March 19th, 2014

The Hsin Chu community in Taiwan wanted an innovative solution in designing a low density retail project while delivering a green environment to benefit its young family population.

International award-winning firm Benoy Architects was appointed for this job and the company came up with a green architectural design for Taiwan High Speed Rail’s (THSR) Hsin Chu Station Mall. The design combines inspiration from the futuristic nature of High Speed Rail and Hsin Chu’s identity as the ‘Windy City’.

Here are some of the features of this project:

  • To construct more diverse and lively transportation hubs, the development will be built on a 30,000sq m site connected to the Hsin Chu station which is a major station on the Western Line and the western terminus of the Neiwan Line.
  • To support THSR’s green vision, this mastermind project has prominently featured the idea of eco-responsible lifestyles and sustainable innovations. Sustainable building materials, green roof insulation, sun shading, rain water collection, grey water recycling and solar power have all been included in the design.
  • Superb design: The North-East angled plots are designed in the way it mitigates the windy climate.
  • Landscape:  Multi-functional green spaces are created up to the roof of the low-rise retail buildings. The green slope design will be accessible from ground level. The landscaped scheme will also feature the outlets for dining, restaurants, cinemas and an amphitheatre.

The masterpiece design no doubt has put forward a strong example of how to integrate the environment with commercial design to deliver viable and inventive spaces.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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