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Yoshino eki (2012)

Yoshino train station was the only terminal located in Yoshino village, the biggest Japanese colonial village in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation era. From 1930 till 1980, all the cargos and villagers traveling through eastern Taiwan travelled through the Yoshino station.

The house shown in the picture was a freight station attached to Yoshino station.  In 2009 the government planned to demolish the freight station against the owner's will in order to proceed an urban plan designed 30 years ago which no longer correspond to current context. The inconvenient truth was that the local government was eyeing on the profit from carrying through the gentrification plan set 30 years ago. The 2009 event, including a movement lead by me in preserving the historical housings subsequently became the prequel of this graduation design thesis that you see here.


The entrance of Yoshino village in 1945.


Map of yoshino village station, paired with vintage picture.


Master plan of the rebirth of the Yoshino villige. The public bath hall (2) will be the most important gathering space for the village since it will bring back the historical memory and the sense of place.


1/500 scale model.


1/500 scale model.


The entrance of the bath hall, which has a platform that people can enjoy the sunset watching rice field.


The section view of the bath hall. The whole building was a rice barn, and the roof was gone because of termite, the new roof was built upside down to let sunlight shine into the bath hall, and let the steam to come out from the gap at the same time. The new roof is also acting as a collector of rainwater. The material is constructed by collecting waste sheet metal.


The guest house for UN farming technology volunteer camp


Residency area for orignial residents after retiring from cities.

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