The 6.6-hectares Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei rsquo;s Xinyi District was completed in 1937 as the Songshan Tobacco Factory which was one of the seed companies of a monopoly system mandated by the Taiwan Governor-General Office. The premises were one of Taiwan rsquo;s pioneers of modern industry as well as the first professional tobacco plant. A gracefully simple Japanese modernist structure the factory features meticulously crafted face cams glasswork and bronze nails that made it arguably a ldquo;model factory rdquo; at that time. When Japan lost the war in 1945 the Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau took over the factory and renamed it Songshan Tobacco Factory of Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau. The factory ceased production of cigarettes in 1998 for concerns over urban planning regulatory changes in the tobacco and liquor marketing system as well as shrinking demand. It became a relic of the past after being merged into the Taipei Cigarette Plant. In 2001 the Taipei City Government named the tobacco factory the city rsquo;s 99th historic site and converted it into a park comprising city-designated historic sites (namely the office building the 1st to 5th warehouses cigarette plant and boiler room) historic structures (the inspection room a machinery repair shed and a nursing room) and architectural highlights (the Baroque-style garden an ecologically landscaped pond a public bath and a multi-purpose auditorium). For more efficient reuse of space the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was built on the historic site as a production base for designers and cultural amp; creative businesses as well as a venue for performances and exhibitions. The park introduced to its premises a Taiwan Design Museum and TMSK through partnerships with the Taiwan Design Center and prestigious Taiwanese glasswork label LIULI GONG FANG respectively besides a snack bar that was converted from the machinery repair shed.