The Songshan Tabacco Factory, situated in Taipei City for almost 80 years, was built during the period of Japanese occupation in Taiwan to produce and process tobacco in order to provide a better income for the Japanese government. It stopped its tobacco industry in 1998 and was nominated as a municipal historical site in 2001. In recent years, the Factory has been transformed into a park for cultural, art and creative activities. Alliance Optotek Corporation (AOP) was commissioned to give it a new face by illuminating it in a culturally creative way.
Located in the center of Taipei City, the Shongshan Tobacco Factory is built with a spacious hinterland. The well preserved complex courtyards illustrate the architectural style and excellent craftsmanship dating back to 1937. With the prosperous increase of Taiwan’s cultural and creative industry in recent years, a great number of designers and artists are eagerly seeking for a foundation to present their creativity to the public. The conversion of the historical Songshan Tobacco Factoryinto the Songshan Cultural Park now provides a perfect platform for cultural exhibitions and events.
There is only one new building in the park– Eslite Songshan Tobacco Factory Store which started operation in July, 2013. It offers a brand new comfortable commercial space for both domestic and offshore renowned designer brands to reside, becomeing a new landmark building for Taiwan’s cultural and creative industry. The new building is designed by an internationally renowned architect, Toyo Ito. The central designing concept lies in the green balcony which retracts upwards layer by layer. This balcony offers a function of overlooking the surrounding environment of Songshan Tobacco Factory relics, patio and lily ponds. It creates new interactions between the new and old buildings. When it comes to exterior lighting design, it is necessary to figure out some ways that can highlight the features of the building without disturbing the tranquil atmosphere.
AOP is responsible for this project. The company provides luminaires and corresponding control system while the lighting designers choose HP Linear light with a fixed color temperature (4000K) for the façade. IP68 dustproof and waterproof lighting fixtures are installed on observation windows on each floor to wash the façade of the building and present a steady and peaceful look at night. At the same time, such lighting also emphasizes the specific style of the building. For the grid structure on each side, SDC controllers and HP projection lamps of both high and low color temperatures (6000K/3000K) are used to create a dynamic and static performance. These interesting changes between light and shadow present a more vigorous aspect to the building.
The biggest challenge of this project is to satisfy lighting designers’ demand and insistence on light quality, control system, color temperature and so forth. The lighting plan for such a large and continuous scale actually imposes extremely high requirement on product stability and consistency for every single lamp. Alliance Optotek Corporation has already accumulated a relatively solid foundation for this which is the reason why owner of the project selected Alliance Optotek Corporation’s products.
Project Name: Songshan Cultural & Creative Park
Songshan Cultural & Creative Park
HP Linear light, IP68, HP projection lamp
Related Website: http://www.songshanculturalpark.org/