San-Zhi – The Pod Village – Taiwan

One of the strangest examples of architecture gone awry is the San-Zhi Pod Village.











The San-Zhi pod village is an abandoned pod hotel/ housing development/ apartment complex in the small town of San-Zhi (三芝) on the north coast of Taiwan.

It is unclear as to whether San-Zhi was meant to be a hotel or a housing development.

It was constructed in the 1960s.

It included a dam to protect it against the sea.

Its floors and stairs were made of marble.

It had its own small amusement park.

The site was commissioned by the government and local firms.

Unsurprisingly, there is no named architect.

Inexplicably, the project was abandoned and the complex was left in its unfinished state.

It was demolished in 2009.

About fifty photos and a few videos are all that remains of the pod village of San-Zhi.


Photographer Craig Ferguson has an online archive of his photographs of San-Zhi:


 And here is the wikipedia entry for the San-Zhi pod village:




























































































































































The San-Zhi Pod Village, Taiwan

(c) R J Dent (2011)






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One Response to “San-Zhi – The Pod Village – Taiwan”

  1. Petr Says:

    Such a shame that it is not there anymore…. in fact I’ve found that it has been demolished just few days before I went to Taiwan (of course not just for this purpose). At least I saw the abandoned water world (I don’t know the name, but it was also fantastic) near the Katoli’s World amusement park (also demolished).

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