The renovation project of Huangpu Village is the first Military Housing in Taiwan after 1947. The purely Japanese style houses with bamboo mud walls and post-and-lintel structure. The cedar timber pillar, woodwork doors and floors, stucco plastered wall, exposed gravel surface, and the courtyard enclosed by red-brick walls. The households stand next to one another. The space is compact yet intimate. Facing these half-ruined houses with over seventy-year-old history, we recycle the old material of roof tiles and walls as much as possible and find closest replacements for the rest of them. The space and time go back to those of nature and austerity.
The design retains the original interior divisions. The existing wooden structure and doorframe are preserved, while the damaged ones are replaced with lauan and cedar. The new and old floors and walls are combined and protected with termite resistant paint. The transparent glass insulation prevents the falling of old clay soils and wood dust.
The interior space extends outward. The 20 to 30 center meter depth on original concrete pavement allows a large number of top soils and lawns for the planting of trees and herbs. The drainage problem is solved after grading. The plants are provided with a pleasant environment. The outdoor terrace under the side eaves and the elevated deck of 60 to 70 center meter height enclose the two large Papper Mulberry. The tree canopy and fresh air on the large deck connect the interior with the greenery outside. The view is opened up, and the outdoor space is increased.
To repair a space, one needs a series of signs connected to the space and time. The prospect of life in a new age is folded in the lyrical mood. The shuttling back and forth between the new and the existing spins out dense and extended meanings.