This neo-classical Chinese building in southern Zhongzheng District close to the Taipei Botanical Garden was built in 1956 and is today known as the Former National Taiwan Science Education Center 原國立臺灣科學教育館 (homepage). It was designed by the architect Lu Yujun 盧毓駿, who also designed several buildings of the Chinese Culture University on Yangmingshan. In 2003 the center was moved to a newer building in Shilin (see map), the current building is ever since abandoned and was slowly decaying (source). This is soon about to change. The building is being renovated and when completed in April 2014, it will house the National Taiwan Craft and Research Institute 國立臺灣工藝研究發展中心 (homepage).
Let me show you some photos from August 2012:
This building was always very interesting to me and I had no idea, that it's much younger from the surrounding buildings, such as the National Museum of History or the former Chienkung Shrine. Those were originally built by Japanese in the first half of the 20th century and were later "sinicized" in the 1950s. If you want to see, how this round tower looks inside, check these photos. The building also appeared on old ROC stamps.
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