MOFA Huai-Yuan New Village
Four existing decrepit old dormitories of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) at Huai-Yuan New Village are demolished, & are replaced by new dormitory buildings with improved environmental design in their surrounding area, to serve the dwelling needs of staff members stationed abroad when they return periodically to work in the motherland.
The site, located on the hills of Beitou district next to the Gui-Zi Keng tunnel, has a beautiful view of wooded mountains to its north and Tamsui River to the south. In response to the lovely landscape, the design proposed two new buildings with viewing terraces at different heights and angles as well as windows from different directions; furthermore, as the two H-shaped structures are located diagonally instead of parallel to each other, they can both enjoy abundant daylight and breeze, thus minimizing the need for artificial lighting and air-conditioning. Each building façade has its own vocabulary of horizontal and vertical divisions for easy identification, though the colors of exterior walls are both earth-toned to harmonize with the landscape.
Unlike traditional dormitories, the design aims to create the image of “home” as the core of space planning: each dwelling unit has its own living, dining, cooking and sleeping spaces as well as balconies or terraces(s).
On the ground floor of the building, there are public entry hall, lounge, exercise rooms and landscaped gardens shared by all. Thus the staff members returning from abroad may enjoy socializing with each other or visiting friends and relatives, while living as if at home.
Location: Beitou District, Taipei
Structural system: RC
Site area: 9,079 ㎡
Building coverage: 1,185 ㎡
Total floor area: 12,618 ㎡
No. of stories: 1 below 12 above grade
Design period: 2009.02 ~ 2010.02
Const. period: 2010.11 ~ 2013.05