Zelkova Public Realm | Taichung, Taiwan

Carving out the overall structure of this public plaza and streetscape—adjacent to Toyo Ito’s Taichung Opera House—are raised angular granite wall planters. An adjacent streetscape allée is robustly planted with two hundred large Taiwanese Zelkova trees. The ripple motif animates the ground plane and finally extends the landscape into the rest of the city, where the ripples move past the plaza’s boundaries and provide a counterpoint to the straight line of the street edge, resulting in a variety of secondary seating niches along the sidewalk.

Client: Pao Huei Construction Co. Ltd.
Architect: CBT Architects
Status: Construction Completed
Project Size: 3,100m2 (4 Urban Blocks)
Photography: Robert Miller; Eric Hung

2016 BSLA Honor Award in Design - Streetscape Category