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partner: Joseph Wei  visit website︎︎︎

West Dist, Taichung City (24°09'02.5"N 120°39'28.8"E)

competition 7-9.2021
Gongyi park restroom pavillion

two opposite parts connected with the park

Gongyi road has long been the primary commercial artery of the city of Taichung—with its west part centering around the Civic Plaza, surrounded by hotels, bars, shopping mall, and exquisite stores, the east part flanked by miles of large restaurants and its wide range of delicacies, further boomed with the completion of the newest metro line. Nevertheless, these two halves seem to operate independently. The middle part is like a breakpoint—a few blocks of nearly no visitors, diners, or shoppers, dim and quiet compared to the vigorous activities a few blocks away. 

Gongyi park, which is the key to connecting and integrating the two opposite parts, sits in the middle of the street's. Therefore, it could shape Gongyi road as a rather significant figure of urban living style by mingling its east and west traits, providing a consecutive roaming experience. The two new washroom pavilions will define the park’s new gesture facing Gongyi road, welcoming visitors from both east and west and facilitating diverse events at this meeting point.

a restroom pavilion to enhance the connection between two sides

The west pavilion comprises an elevated washroom on a pond, stretches forward to the sidewalk, and a tiered bus stop under a folded canopy supported through a small tower structure. Commuters are thus offered easy access to public amenities. A walkway connects the two distinct forms of women's and men’s washrooms—one with an orange, translucent tapering elliptical cone shell and a twisting box with weathering steel roof. They will be lit at night, providing a sense of security and being a new beacon in the night street.

The east pavilion merges a washroom with a street-side tiered patio and a semi-outdoor bleacher. The bleacher is set to dialogue with the existing rotunda-like pavilion structure at the center of Gongyi park, injecting possibilities for it as a stage for performance and community events or for families hanging out on the platform while children are playing down in the round space. These additions to the park replace the former banal line of bushes and fences along the street. The program of a washroom expanded to shape an open and dynamic civic place. The middle blocks of Gongyi road could be thus lit up and prosper, ready for a more energetic and enjoyable experience of this glamourous city.

diagram drawings