Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Former National Taiwan Science Education Center

12/25/2012 Taiwan Explorer

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:

The round-shaped roof is the building's most notable part.

The whole area is full of older buildings.

I slowly walked around the building.

This is the backside.

Stairs leading up, but I wonder what is there.

This is the very back side, nearby is a small parking lot.

One of the entrances.

Run down windows.

This is taken from the Nanhai Road.

A view from the Nanhai Road: It's very clear, that the building is not that small.

This is a photo from December 2012: Renovation works have already begun.

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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