Abandoned mining buildings turned into a "sanctuary for human connection" in Taiwan - architecture and design

Abandoned mining buildings turned into a "sanctuary for human connection" in Taiwan



Taiwanese studio Divooe Zein Architects has transformed a series of disused industrial structures outside Taipei into a secluded retreat surrounded by mountains and forest.
Called The Mineless Heritage Restoration Project and completed in 2023, the scheme involved the adaptation of a series of logistical structures including offices, dormitories and a bathhouse that once supported the Chungyi Coal Mine.
Divooe Zein Architects has converted a disused coal mine in Taiwan
After Taiwan ceased all mining activities in 2000, these concrete and brick buildings had been left abandoned and overgrown by the surrounding forest.
Retaining their rough, industrial finishes, Divooe Zein Architects has created what it called a "sanctuary for human connection", with a tea room, small theatre, meditation and exhibition spaces organised across three buildings. The existing industrial structures were retained
"Mineless aims to integrate contemporary uses into the ancient and decaying functional spaces, creating rich and vibrant scenes," explained the studio.
"In the midst of this beautiful space, we aspire to create a sanctuary for human connection with oneself, tranquility, history, and nature within the remnants of the mountainous coal mine," it added.
Concrete and brickwork are exposed throughout the interior
The structures themselves were largely left in their original state, with the restoration focusing on structural reinforcement, waterproofing and electric...
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