Adaptive Reuse of Historical Heritage Building Taichung First High School Student Center & Archive
Taichung First High School was the first high school founded for education of local students during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, and today remains one of Taiwan’s most prestigious high schools. For this project, outstanding alumnus Bruce Cheng, Chairman and Founder of Delta Electronics, an international leader in green energy manufacturing, donated funds for the restoration of the student center and its conversion into an archive. Mr. Cheng wished to preserve this historical building to awaken collective memory of the school’s past glamour, as well as the heritage of its archive.
The goals for the project were as follows:
1. Through preservation and reuse, raise awareness of the school’s heritage and historical significance.
2. To advocate for sustainable attitudes towards a historic building and the cultural background of our ancestors.
3. To awaken alumni’s memories, activating the internal and external areas of the building along with surrounding spaces as sites for gathering and networking between current students and former alumni.
Location：Yu Tsai Street, Taichung
Total floor area：823㎡
No. of stories：2 above grade
Design period：2012.05 ~ 2014.05
Const. period：2014.08 ~ 2015.04
Awards: Shortlisted, Leading European Architecture Forum Award
Category: Adaptive Reuse、Culture/Exhibition、Education