CASE STUDY // SongShan Cultural Creative Park

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Website: http://wwwsongshanculturalpark.org/

Address: No.133, Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City 11072, Taiwan

Institution type: Cultural Institute

Prices: Free to enter park. Admissions to individual exhibitions and museums vary.

Visit Hours: 9:00~18:00

Service Tel: +886-2-2765-1388

Mission:

“In 2012, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was positioned as the “Creative Hub of Taipei”, with the objective to nurture creative talents and energy. The Park is not designed with a commercial focus, but rather, its mission is to kindle creativity and innovation and to be in synch with the interdisciplinary developmental trend observed in today’s industries. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is not just a platform for showcasing creativity and innovation. It strives to be a hub for inspiring and nurturing the spirits of creativity, and with the four key strategies of “Creative Lab”, “Creative Co-Op”, “Creative School”, and “Creative Showcase”, the objective is for the Park to achieve the goal of becoming Taipei’s creative hub. With the mission in mind, the Park is assertively involved in the organization of various artistic, cultural, and creativity events, which also include presentations of design, visual, and cross-disciplinary events. The activities take shape in diverse formats, including film shootings, press conferences, extended or short-term exhibitions, award ceremonies, symposiums, seminars, fashion shows, and much more. The cultural heritage site of the Park is used in multifaceted lively ways, and with its unique ambiance enhanced, the location has gradually been transformed into a new destination for cultural and creative industry endeavors in Taipei and also a new creative stage with an international focus. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park’s mission and duties involve continual efforts in facilitating exchanges between industries and to offer support for the development of aesthetical experiences, and also promotional and marketing endeavors, which are all aimed at creating the greatest benefits from the Park’s multiple functions. Furthermore, it will also continue to organize large-scale cultural and creative events and to actualize the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park’s vision to become Taipei’s creative showcase window. With the Park’s multifunctional spaces and its multifaceted operational approach, the intention is to transform the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park into an iconic indicator for everyday aestheticism and design cognition and for the location to truly become a comprehensive multifaceted creative center.”

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The SongShan Cultural Creative Park now serves as a platform for the public to engage in the cultural and creative industry emerging in Taiwan, however, that has not always been the case. The site actually started as a tobacco factory in 1937 during the Japanese colonial era and was called the “Taiwan Sōtokufu Tobacco Monopoly Bureau”. Later, it was restored  put under the care of the Taiwan Monopoly Bureau and renamed the Taiwanese Provincial Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau Songshan Plant. It was in 2001 the Taipei City Government appointed the creative park as the No. 99 cultural heritage park. Since then the cultural site has been known as the SongShan Cultural Creative Park or the SCCP.

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Architecture Type: The cultural park was built during the Japanese occupation in 1937 meaning the architecture of the buildings on the site are mostly results of the Japanese Early Modernism. This style is evident in the simple geometries that pervade throughout the site as well as the emphasis put on horizontality. The materials are honest and simple yet refined workmanship is evident throughout the 19 different types of spaces ranging from original factory buildings to gardens. The original factory was built with the concept of the “industrial village” in mind. This concept resulted in large open spaces for the workers as well as other amenities including hospitals, dormitories, dining halls, and more.

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