Qilou (Pedestrian Arcades)
Qilou are very common in Taiwan and are an interesting part of any walk in the island’s urban centers.
They form a connecting corridor between public areas and private commercial or residential spaces.
This architectural style is a shared living memory of everyone in Taiwan, especially when it comes to older structures.
The unique terrazzo flooring, bustling crowds, trees and landscaping, and neighbors chatting outside are everyday scenes that leave a vivid impression.
The transformation and presentation of this design concept restores the interesting spatial sense of the qilou, allowing modern urbanites to immerse themselves in it and, almost without realizing, feel completely at home as they enjoy the beauty of the arcade.
Textures and elements that symbolize the spirit of Taiwan’s old buildings are retained through the use of materials, so the unique cultural code of qilou and traditional structures can incorporate itself into everyone’s memory and continue to be passed on.