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Mitsui Warehouse to open for the public in August


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Mitsui Warehouse will re-open to the public in August.

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Mitsui Warehouse that dates to the Japanese Colonial era had deteriorated beyond repair.

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The Taipei City Cultural Heritage Review Committee had seismic retrofitting done on the site of Mitsui Warehouse’s new location.
 
Mitsui Warehouse to open for the public in August
By Gia Tang

After a year of renovation and cleaning, the Mitsui Warehouse has a new look. Landscaping and interior design are now underway to prepare for the public opening in August.

Once used as a simple storage building during the Japanese Colonial era, in May 2012 the warehouse was declared a historical structure, and in 2015 the Taipei City Government included it in the Historical Buildings Relocation and Restoration Project to renovate the Beimen historical area.

The Taipei City Cultural Heritage Review Committee approved the warehouse’s return to its former location. Before its relocation, Taipei City Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs undertook a thorough study to ensure that no damage would ensue during transfer and installed systems to prevent damage in case of an earthquake.

The typical approach to relocating a building is to disassemble it into large pieces and then reassemble them in the new location. However, the brickwork of this building had become too weak for large brick sections to be disassembled, and the roof tiles and floor slabs had deteriorated beyond repair. In the end, the committee suggested that relocation and reassembly be carried out brick by brick.

The main building gable had also deteriorated to the point that it could not be reinstalled at the new location. Thus, a new gable was made following the architectural practices of the time the original was made, while the latter was kept to be displayed as a historical artifact.

The Mitsui Warehouse will be used as a venue for cultural activities and as a monument to the history of the Beimen area.