The Hsinchu High Speed Rail Station serves as a gateway for passengers arriving in the Hsinchu metropolis. The station’s roof is designed in response to Hsinchu’s infamous strong seasonal winds, and its curved roof looks like a billowing sail; from farther away, the slender, graceful roof appears like a diagonally folded sheet of paper. Sculpted with the motion of a dancer’s tension-filled limbs in mind, it clearly shows the architect’s earliest instant of inspiration.
The roof of the main structure is an arched surface formed by bending a parallelogram diagonally. It is supported via six sets of colossal trusses, and the two ends of the roof plane touch down lightly onto the ground, anchored to custom-designed pillars on either side of the station building, enhancing the soaring visual effect of its pneumatic form. The space for the tracks and platforms are of open-air design, eliminating the air compression produced when trains pass through at high speeds. The curved glass curtain walls and elongated stone walls form the symmetrical oval station concourse. The interior makes ample use of natural light sources, and two arc walls, one each at the northbound and southbound entrance, are adorned with glass sculptures respectively themed Future and Tradition, creating a dialogue between the new and the old.