Taichung First High School Archive becomes the FIRST Carbon Negative historical heritage in Taiwan.
Taichung First High School Archive is able to go back on stage again as a mix-use space for students after partial reconstruction & historical heritage repairing. The design team removed the tin roof & the light truss ceiling and exposed the truss structure so that the building would be able to be reconstructed again meanwhile conveys the traces of history. Skylights and ridge air vents were set on the roof to massively introduce natural lights and reduce the cost of electricity on lighting and ventilation.
The solar power system which was arranged at adjoining building generates more than 17,000 kWh. The electricity generated by the building is more than its usage. The extra electricity will be exchange for green bonus to maintain itself.
In this way, Taichung First High School Archive becomes the FIRST Carbon Negative historical heritage in Taiwan and open a new era for Architecture in Taiwan.
Taichung First High School Archive was built in 1937 and a building of past memories. It was the first one of those large-span buildings which focused on quake-proof after Guandaoshan Earthquake and labeled as a Historical Heritage. After ages, the building is on its brink of extinction. Founder & Chairman of Delta, Mr. Bruce Cheng, the donor, was an outstanding alumnus of this high school. Mr. Cheng wishes to preserve this historical building to awaken the collective memory of the past glamour of the school as well as the heritage of this archive. He invited J.J.Pan & Partners to take part in this project, started in 2012, and re-make the debut on the school’s 100th anniversary.