Tai-tung is a small town with human landscape worth checking out.
Saint Joseph Technical High School
The church in Saint Joseph Technical High School is very well-known. This was the second modern building in Taiwan.
The church was completed in 1950. The construction technique employed is very similar to the popular and modern "Architectural Concrete."
Father Hiber Jakob came all the way from Swiss to found Saint Joseph Technical High School. He also designed and built the church.
The father passed away in 1985 and left behind the building and the paradigm for education that are still cherished by Tai-tung locals.
This church is very similar in style to architect Le Corbusier. The appearance slightly resembles Notre Dame du Haut.
Director Mr. Huang from the Religion Guidance Office told us that it looks very much like Noah's Ark when viewing it from an elevated spot across from the building.
Entering downtown, we got a series of surprises on Tatung Road.
National Tai-tung Living Art Center
For instance, there is National Tai-tung Living Art Center situated by the County Government.
It preserves the cultural memory of the area and tribe.
Donghe Surgical Clinic, Children's Story House and Presbyterian Church Meeting House
Donghe Surgical Clinic looks like a castle. It was initially a theater and later became a church clinic.
The Children's Story House preserves the Japanese architecture. It transformed the old Tobacco and Liquor Corporation dormitory into a base for children's reading and adventures.
The museum was unfortunately impacted by a windstorm and is in need of repair.
Across from the story house is the Presbyterian Church Meeting House inspired by the Architectural Concrete.
Tai-tung City Health Center
Tai-tung City Health Center is even more eye-catching.
For such a small building, this grassroots government building is very similar in style to architect Tadao Ando.
The sign and architecture utilized the Architectural Concrete. The seemingly simple construction was done diligently.
The space allocation affords a great perspective utilizing natural illumination.
There are even more places to check out in the suburbs.
Tai-tung Art Museum
Take the Tai-tung Art Museum for example.
This was the very first county art museum in Taiwan.
Feng-yuan Elementary School
There is Feng-yuan Elementary School in the suburbs. The school building brims with Mediterranean allure.
National Tai-tung University Library and Information Center
National Tai-tung University Library and Information Center is even a bigger attraction.
You can get a closer look at the building shaped like an alien spaceship and even get inside to further immerse yourself in the architecture imbued with the designer's aesthetic.
You can climb the exterior stairs of the library to get to the top. Viewing the sea scenery there brings the greatest enjoyment.
The window frame is akin to a picture frame capturing the theme of the sea scenery.
The top story is similar to a gallery using the mountain and sea allure as the theme.
The content of each painting changes depending on the season and time of the day.
You can see different paintings by altering your perspectives. It's like drawing your own painting where you can choose your theme.
The shadow of the cement construction on the top floor transforms when encompassing the mountain and sea scenery.
It feels like vacationing when encompassing the blue sky and white clouds.
The readers all of a sudden become characters of a painting reading inside the library.
We also saw other tourists coming here to take photos of such beautiful architecture.
The library won a design award for Taiwan public construction. The university took great pride in it.
With posters inside, the library provides information about the architectural technique and design concept.
You can hardly imagine that there would be such impressive architecture in the remote part of Tai-tung.
It's no surprise at all that buildings are becoming part of the gorgeous landscape in Tai-tung.