“Grounded in the city fabric the tower rises to blend seamlessly with the sky. A moving platform floats within, rising and falling to offer diverse views of Taichung City and beyond. The unprecedented context of today’s energy crisis prompts unique architectural responses. This involves considering the building, beyond its iconic status, as a symbol of sustainability. The structure will pioneer a new awareness, taking its place as the central hub in a city-wide energy network; a control tower monitoring and displaying Taichung’s progress towards a sustainable future.”
Drawing on Taiwan’s rich experience in high-tech innovation, the Taiwan Tower is a new type of urban icon. By pushing boundaries in construction technology, the moving platform creates a fully kinetic building showcasing Taichung's immeasurable heights for both culture and technology. Acting on the urban scale, the tower is a liaison between green innovation and transmitting energy consumption data and green energy production.
Structurally, the tower is developed around a central core-outer frame structure with small variations of geometry and function. For the first 100m, a composite steel and concrete framed structural solution is adopted. The perimeter frame can be arranged as a diagonal grid pattern to represent its aesthetic and achieve structural stability performance. The middle portion - 100 and 200meter- the outer frame pattern will gradually become less dense, and is laterally restrained to the central core every 10m with beams and diagonal bracing elements; the floor slabs were replaced by some creative floating ramps, in order to enhance the visual impression of the tower. The central core is replaced by a braced steel framed core instead of a typical reinforced concrete shear wall, to achieve the desired transparency and to exaggerate the top 100m of the tower - the most amazing part of this project.
The floating platform is a two-floor platform designed to elevate up from the central core, operated by a hydraulic system with rails. The central core is connected with the lower part, and the outer frame will be further reduced to allow a clear view from the moving platform.
- Client: Taichung City Government
- Location: Taichung, Taiwan
- Project Area: 29,400 m2
- Building Height: 300m
- Construction Cost: 4 Billion NTD
- Program: Observatory, urban museum, offices, retail, monitory station, bar, restaurant, public green space
- Status: Competition (Awarded Honorable Mention)
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Effi Meridor,
- Sharmie Fan, Mary Jane Kwan, Lee Ying Njoo, :
- Edward Steed :
- Structure: ARUP