New Taipei: Wandering Around the UFO Village of Wanli

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Wanli’s deserted UFO village, (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

What happened here? Why it’s all abandoned? What a waste! These are the things we asked to our tour guide Carol when she brought us here. It is as if covered by a mystery on why these futuristic “UFO” houses in the Wanli district of Taiwan was left abandoned.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Haunting and eerie place (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

It is not far from Yehliu Geopark but compared to the former, it is not very much visited by tourists, hence it was almost void of people. It is so quiet, save for the sea waves, that makes the atmosphere eerie.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

This semi-abandoned resort was built with Futuro pods. Futuro architecture flourished during the 1960s, showing the creativity with the futuristic touch that entices to buy one of the units. Primarily made of reinforced fiberglass plastic, its lightweight feature helps in maintaining a constant temperature in its interior.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

If you like obscure and weird places, this is for you (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

We went inside and most of them have a living room, bedroom, dining room and kitchen crammed inside a 50-square meter house. Some of these houses even have a pool in their yard.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Inside the house (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Overlooking at the beach (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

They are all prefabricated, and their base didn’t require deep excavation, making it suitable to be built on any topography. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing oil price and raw materials needed for its construction during the 1970s drove development costs to stratospheric levels.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Today, only about a dozen of these houses remain standing (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

Aside from Futuro houses, there are also Venturo houses, also made of prefabricated materials and designed by the same architect. Similar to the Futuro houses, it never caught public interest. There are more than ten Venturo houses built, and a few of them were occupied up to this day.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Venturo houses (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Flying saucers (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

Witnessing such view, we were caught with mixed emotions – we’re disappointed to see it abandoned. But at the same time feeling lucky, for we had an opportunity to see it especially that we learned that it is doomed for demolition. It’s good that we had a glimpse on it: it is said to be Instagrammable, but behind it is a bitter past.

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

The village was planned to be a high-end beach resort (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)


FUTURO HOUSE
A Futuro house is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The shape, reminiscent of a flying saucer, and the structure’s airplane hatch entrance has made the houses sought after by collectors. The Futuro is composed of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, polyester-polyurethane, and poly(methyl methacrylate), measuring 4 meters (13 feet) high and 8 meters (26 feet) in diameter.
Source: Wikipedia 
More about Futuro House here

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Green Bay Beach (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)


HELPFUL LINKS
For in-depth reading about Wanli UFO Village, we recommend Josh Ellis Blog

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

Old meets new (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)

Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan

The designs evoke a futuristic approach of architecture (Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan)


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