Mitsui Momery Warehouse

Mitsui Momery Warehouse

Warehouses
Taipei, Taiwan - Build completed in 2018
Kang Wei Liang

Mitsui Momery Warehouse

HC Space Design as Architects

In 1894, at the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty and Japan fought a war. It was called the First Sino-Japanese War. In the end, the Qing Dynasty was defeated. On April 17, 1895, Li Hongzhang and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki.


Since then, Taiwan has been ceded to Japan, and 50 years of colonial rule in Japan have begun.


The Mitsui Warehouse is a Euro-style building located in Taipei, Taiwan. It is located at No. 265, Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, and was built by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. during the Japanese occupation.


It is a warehouse during the Japanese occupation period. It was built in 1914. After the end of the Second World War, the property rights of the warehouse were handed over to the Taiwan Government. Then transferred to the Taipei City Government.


On November 1, 2018, after two years of renovations, new elements and functions were placed in the interior space, and Mitsui Warehouse was transformed into a "memory warehouse", which was officially opened to the public.

Space description

In the center of the first floor, we set a “memory book store” as the most important space in the memory warehouse, where people can get the historical memory of the development around the Beimen, Mitsui Warehouse and even Taipei. You can also use the VR to receive the stories of  Mitsui Warehouse , Beimen and the historical memory of Taipei.

 

Memory Book Store

Memory Book Store is a wall space of 7mx4m. The wall material is glass brick with brick and a metal shelf surrounded by walls. The stacking of block corresponds to this brick-built historical building, creating an interesting dialogue between "new" and "old".


Memory Wall - Travel through time

We set the old steel column on the ground as a historical display, and used a wire mesh to make a frame with red bricks hanging above. The shape of the arched hole is made of iron plate, and the art of the installation is used to let the visitors see the window through the hole, and they will see an image about the relationship between local and the Mitsui warehouse.


Dining area and Bar

We set up a bar and dining area to diversify the subsequent operations and attract more people to visit. You can come here for coffee, reading, listening to lectures and participating in the show.


2nd floor lecture hall and exhibition hall

A lecture hall has been set up on the 2nd floor, so that many art events, performances and cultural lecture halls can be held here. There are also dining areas and an office.


Conclusion:

Mitsui Warehouse shoulders the mission of cultural propaganda and represents an important cultural history of Taipei City. It is an old building with great value, in addition to allowing people to come here to play, but also to connect The entire Western District is the gateway to the Western District. It is a very meaningful and valuable thing to make it Rebirth.

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