A New Public Plaza in Kaohsiung Station’s Future—Station Seeks to be Part of the City Residents’ Hearts
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Railway Reconstruction Bureau
“A station is more than just a station”. The new Kaohsiung Station will utilize its architectural design to attract citizens to hold events in the station’s public space. A place where local stories will come to life, city residents will have cherished memories that are tied to this future train station. The Railway Reconstruction Bureau (RRB), Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has been working around the clock on its Kaohsiung Metropolitan Area Underground Railway Project. Kaohsiung Station includes an inter-city bus station, city bus station, rapid transit station, train station, commercial building, and a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) hotel. Implementing a landscaped canopy design concept, the station is expected to be completed by 2023 and estimated costs for its construction work are NT$20 billion. The RRB stated that in the past station designs in most projects only placed importance on transportation functions and improving transportation efficiency, whereas in the future Kaohsiung Station will blend together its canopy and landscaped scenery. The ceiling will seem as if it’s an arm that stretches on and on, making its way around the station. RRB hopes that this design will allow the station to accommodate hordes of passengers and visitors, as well as make the area surrounding the station be interconnected so that it becomes a new type of vast metropolitan garden. The top of the canopy is designed so visitors can look down at the public plaza, and the space also allows them to go on a stroll and from time to time stop so they can gaze at Ape Hill to the west and Dawu Mountain to the east. The design also includes a bicycle path that’s safe and relaxing so bikers can take their time going around the public plaza. The canopy’s bottom is a place that people can use to get out of the blistering sun and heavy rains all too common in southern Taiwan’s sizzling climate. The space can also be used by city residents to put on events, such as festival-related activities, as well as be a place where friends and family can meet up. The new and improved Kaohsiung Station will be a complete transportation center that offers railway, rapid transit, city bus, and inter-city bus transportation services. The station has been built with the concept that it’ll be a “public plaza for city residents” that connects the station with the surrounding commercial district. The improvements also mean that, once completed, Kaohsiung Station will no longer be just a transportation center, as it will be a center for city residents and economic development.