An old mall becomes an urban lagoon and public square in central Tainan

In downtown Tainan, Taiwan, MVRDV has reworked a previous searching mall into the Tainan Spring, an urban lagoon and park. Commissioned by the city authorities as aspect of an city revitalization masterplan, the adaptive reuse venture not only presents a new general public area that reconnects citizens with mother nature, but also sets an inspiring example for how defunct malls can be specified new, sustainable life.

aerial view of shallow urban pool in a city

Designed as aspect of a masterplan to rejuvenate a “T-Axis” to the East of the Tainan Canal, the Tainan Spring venture incorporates the transformation of the former China Town Shopping mall as properly as the beautification of a kilometer-very long extend of the city’s Haian Street, now redesigned to decrease targeted visitors and increase pedestrian entry. In replacing the aged shopping mall, the architects have “meticulously recycled” the developing and turned the mall’s underground parking amount into a sunken public plaza with an city pool, planting beds, playgrounds, gathering spaces and a stage for performances. A glass ground exposes element of the structure of the next basement stage below to connect guests to the record of the website. 

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kids splashing in a pool
grassy island surrounded by a shallow pool

“In Tainan Spring, folks can bathe in the overgrown stays of a browsing mall. Small children will soon be swimming in the ruins of the past — how excellent is that?” reported Winy Maas, founding companion of MVRDV. “Inspired by the history of the town, both the original jungle and the h2o have been critical sources of inspiration. Tainan is a pretty gray town. With the reintroduction of the jungle to every spot that was doable, the city is reintegrating into the surrounding landscape. That the reintroduction of greenery was an important thread in our master system can be witnessed in the planting locations on Haian Road. We combined local plant species so that they mimic the organic landscape east of Tainan. I believe the metropolis will benefit tremendously from this.”

person and baby sitting near misty pool
urban pool area lit up at night

In two to a few a long time, the newly planted beds will grow into a lush yard comprising native trees, shrubs and grasses to sort a tropical jungle-like surroundings that will help offset the city heat island impact. Site visitors can also find reduction from Tainan’s tropical local weather in the urban pool and mist sprayers in the summer time. The pool’s h2o degree will rise and tumble in reaction to the wet and dry seasons. 


Images by Daria Scagliola by way of MVRDV

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