The Red House
The Red House, a Western-style red-brick octagonal structure in Taipei's Ximen space built in 1908, is Taiwan's first public market and the most well preserved class III historical site. Designed by Kondo Juro, a western-styled architect in the prefectural civil engineering office at the time, the market entrance, incorporating both octagonal and cruciform shapes, was paralleled by no other in the east and west. The market entrance also took on the ‘eight trigrams (bagua) design considered boldly creative then. Octagon Building, Cruciform Building, and the adjacent South-North Square are now collectively known as ‘The Red House.’
In November, 2007, Department of Cultural Affairs commissioned Taipei Culture Foundation to manage The Red House. It underwent a series of cultural transformation including:at Octagon Building 2F Theater, Central Display Area, Grid of Hundred Treasures, Cho West Cha, The Red House Boutique Area, at Cruciform Building Creative Boutique, Cultural Arts Exhibition Platform, Riverside Live House, Market for Artists & Designers located and Moonlight Movie Theater by North Square and Outdoor Café located by South Square. These changes provided better services to the general public, created a space of creativity, attracted crowds, and expanded the domain of overlapping cultural arts. The Red House has successfully transformed into a new cultural & creative industries development center in Taipei City. In 2008, it was awarded The 7th Urban Landscape Award in Historical Space Redevelopment Category.
When the Red House took charge of the Taipei Cinema Park in 2009, it unveiled an installation art project entitled“ Urban Show Case” in an attempt to create an urban open space where collective memory is preserved. That project won the gold medal in Public Open Space category of The Face of Taipei City Award 2010.
The Red House has established itself as a major location for the development of cultural and creative industry in the West End of Taipei City, given the 4 million-plus visits it has registered for the more than 1,000 arts- and literature-themed events it hosted throughout 2009. In 2010, the Red House launched, in its Cruciform Building, the Cradle of Cultural Creative Dreamer that is dedicated to incubating creative brands. Offering an exhibition platform for the cultural and creative industry, the Center refreshes the history-rich Red House look by connecting its creative spaces with the century-old Octagon Building.

History of The Red House in the Past 100 Years

1908 Ximen Market Octagonal Display Hall-Red House was completed. Ximending became a popular spot for Japanese visitor. It became the entertainment center for Wanhua, Dadaocheng, and Chengnei due to its flourishing developments.The Japanese also regarded it as an important recreational area in Eastern Asia.
1945 After the Japanese suffered defeat in world war Ⅱ. Large numbers of Mainland Chinese immigrants settled in Taiwan with the KMT government, which marked the beginning of a glorious history for The Red House Theater. The immigrants found comfort in Huyuan Beijing Opera, The Red house talk shown, Golden Drama.
1963 The Red House Movie Theater was popular among westernized youngsters. Black & white martial arts movies, second-run cinema (western films), local costume films, etc. were shown at The Red House Movie Theater. Movie-watching was therefore an experience shared by many.
1990s Old stores and mottled buildings in violation of ordinances suffered setbacks following eastward urban developments.
1994 ‘Red Chamber Dream; Ximen’ showcase events created new opportunities.
1997 The Red House was proclaimed as a Class III Historical Site. The Red House Movie Theater closed down later the same year.
2000 Cruciform Building and buildings in violation of ordinances at South-North Square burned down. The post-disaster development turned over a new leaf for The Red House.
2002 Paperwindmill Arts Foundation was involved in ‘The Red House Theater Historical Site Rebuilding. Performance groups staged performances in a collaborative effort to bring back the bustling and joyous atmosphere of The Red House market.
2007 The Taipei Culture Foundation was commissioned to operate the Red House; later, it was transformed into a must-visit landmark in the tourist-packed Ximending area.
2008 The century-old Red House was honored as the Best Historical Site Revitalization project at the 7th Taipei Urban Landscape Award, for its regional development plan that underscores diversity; nearly 2.5 million visits have been registered.
2009 The Red House took over as the management and planning authority of Taipei Cinema Park as well as the street performers in Ximending Pedestrian Area. It introduced a volunteer staff system to expand the customer base while providing improved services. The graffiti wall in Taipei Cinema Park, meanwhile, was declared the silver medalist in the Public Open Space category of The Face of Taipei City Award.
2010 The Red House Tea Shop began operations as an independent tea house, featuring exhibitions of creative items in the dining area for an unprecedented tea-tasting experience. The Cradle of Cultural Creative Dreamer, opened in September, gave the century-old Red House a total makeover, highlighting the contrast between the old-fashioned Octagon Building and the creativity-filled Cruciform Building. The Taipei Cinema Park, meanwhile, added to its premises the Urban Show Case as a haven for both the art of street performing and teenage subculture.
2011 The Red House Lantern was launched as part of the “Taipei Lantern Festival”. The CINEMArket kicked off in the Taipei Cinema Park; this not only gave publicity to the street subculture, but also raised awareness for community development and environmental protection.
2012 To encourage creativity and preserve its grassroots heritage, a themed marketplace “City Live! The Cultural & Creative Amusement Park” was launched in addition to the first-ever Ximen Halloween Parade and a retrospective exhibit of XIMEN BACKSTREET FESTIVAL.
2013 A platform was created for crossover collaborations between independent performers/exhibitors and marketplace for original arts or designs. Projects included: “The RED HOUSE × HAND in HAND MARKET”, “Taipei Original Festival @ Songshan Cultural and Creative Park”, and an exhibition of original art brands co-organized by CityInn Hotel, which expanded the local cultural and creative synergy.
2014 The Red House, a well-experienced organizer of creative markets, will launch the “Goodsmarket for Art and Craft” at the iconic, groundbreaking Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in a multi-venue, cross-regional partnership. The new marketplace will offer an alternative platform for artistic pursuits, cultural and creative incubation efforts, original craftsmanship, and cross-sector collaborations for artists, in addition to the Red House.
2015 The Creative Boutique, a creative business incubator, received a makeover in a nod to its predecessor of a century ago — Taiwan’s first marketplace and grocery bazaar. The revamped Creative Boutique provides local cultural & creative labels with retail spaces in an aesthetically unique mall setting in Taipei’s west end.

 

 

Tour Services
Group reservation:please make reservations 7 days in advance.

 

Information
Tel:+886-2-2311-9380
Fax:+886-2-2314-2927
Address:NO.10,Chengdu Rd.,Wanhua District,Taipei City 108,Taiwan,R.O.C.
Opening hours:Sun~Thurs 11:00~21:30(Closed on Mondays)
          Fri~Sat 11:00~22:00
Website:www.redhouse.org.tw
E-mail (customer service):service@redhouse.org.tw

 

Transportation
MRT:1-min walking distance after taking the Bannan Line (blue) MRT-Ximen Station No. 1 Exit.
Bus:Sanchung-bus (Wugu-Taipei, Jhonggang-Beimen, Huilong-Taipei) 3、blue 2、9、12、18、25、49、52、201、202、205、206、209、212、218、221、223、231、232、233、234、235、253、257、513、624、621、640。
Parking:
Jhongshan Underground Parking (No. 1, No. 98, Yanping S. Rd., Taipei City)
Ermei Parking Tower (No. 83, Ermei St., Taipei City)
Taipei STD Center Underground Parking (No. 100, Kuenming St., Taipei City)
Cruciform Parking (B2~B3, No. 36, Xining S. Rd., Taipei City)
Luoyang Parking Tower (No. 1, Section 1, Huanhe S. Rd., Taipei City)

 

Supervising Unit:Department of Culture Affairs
Operating Unit:Taipei Culture Foundation, The Red House

 

Getting Here

 

Located Graphs of The Red House