The town “Tienchung” in Chunghua, literally means “in the middle of the rice fields”, is one of the showcase towns sets in central Taiwan’s fertile farmland; during the harvest season, the town is surrounded by beautiful golden rice fields. In recent years, the Chunghua area has also become the center of the flower industry, with pastures abound and the annual exposition held in this area. The theme of the new station reflects these unique local characteristics.
Utilizing contextual imageries, the team designed the station from the outside in. First, the overall landscape for the station plaza is designed as a tapestry woven with various kinds of flowers, plants, water channels, and pavement patterns. The landscape is further extended into the station building itself with a greenhouse in the shape of a ring along the station’s large glass façade, allowing passengers an experience of continuity when approaching the station. The highlights of the station are the structure columns inside the station. Inspired by the shape of a flower, these graceful curve columns not only support the roof above, but also bring north light into the lobby through its openings at the top, giving the space unique additions of its local characteristics in a grand public scale.