Have you ever noticed the manhole covers scattered around the city? No, right. Well, Taipei’s Hydraulic Engineering Office has launched a program to highlight the design of manhole covers located in Taipei’s four districts — Nangang, Wanhua, Datong and Zhongzheng District — as part of “The city beautification project.”
Based on the district characteristics, the four teams in charge of this project created eight patterns, aimed at adding lively colors to the city with the aim of making it more attractive.
A new “Manhole Cover Design Exhibition” or ” “Taipei Guishu,” which literally translates as “Taipei is so beautiful” in Taiwanese, echoes the relationship between the manhole cover and water conservancy. Each manhole cover design is connected with features of the district.
The manhole cover design features hand-painted patterns and the coating materials are specially developed for this project. Each color is carefully adjusted by the designers, making one-of-a-kind manhole covers come under the spotlight in the city.
Wanhua manhole cover features four types of architectures, including Lungshan temple, Bopiliao Historical Block, the red house and Nishi Honganji Relics, inviting viewers to relish the historical culture of Monga from different perspectives.
What about the Zhongzheng District? The design has historical sites such as the North Gate and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Also, the cover boasts kapok flowers and wild lilies, which represent a student movement in 1990s.
The manhole cover of Nangang District sees the Taipei Music Center, the Academia Sinica, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2, and a transportation hub, showcasing the futuristic elements.
From the perspective of puddles in the road, the design of Datong manhole cover has the North Gate and the Taipei Post Office from the bottom view, adding more vitality to the old Taipei historic district with bright colors.