Taiwan Tower

Mother Earth nourishes everything. Rotating seasons bring in abundant harvest. Agriculture is the origin of Taiwan, and cohabitation with nature is the goal that we pursue with. We piled the harvest of rice, spread out beautiful flower petals, rise up the basket, and we thank for the land. The spirit of the design comes from the dialogue between human and nature, through the transformation of traditional cultural celebrations as a symbol of the essence of Taiwan...

 

Circular design elements are a symbol of an abundant harvest of grain. Layers upon layers of petals combined and framed the foundation of the Taiwan Tower with a traditional Chinese rectangular courtyard. The bamboo structure as an inspiration for the creation of this free-standing light-weight structure of the "Double-Towers" to form a natural "Gateway" to Taichung. A Floating Orchid as a symbolic tribute of a flower basket presented to the people and to god......

 

Taiwan Tower is to be located at the southern tip of Central Park, across from the Economic and Trade Park to the north. Its 360m height surpassing the Dadu Mountain vantage point
and affording a view of the Taiwan Strait. Here, visitors will be treated to a panorama view of the parks, the city and the natural surroundings. Taiwan Tower will become the first stop
for tourists visiting Central Taiwan. It is designed to be a portal or tourist services as well as the most important landmark building in Central Taiwan. As a key tourist stop, Taiwan Tower is anticipated to receive tourists 24hrs a day and it will accommodate round-the-clock tourist and recreational activities.

 

Taiwan Tower is a "Double-Tower" scheme with sightseeing and recreational functions and as a model for green building. Its overall functional scheme can be divided into three main
parts from top to bottom;
1) Observatory [Entertainment]
2) Double-Towers [Ecology]
3) Museum Complex [Educational]

The main functions of the Taiwan Tower consist of Observatory, Environmental Quality Monitoring Station, Radio and Digital Signal Transmission Base & Museums. Besides its sightseeing functions, the ecological "Double-Towers' will also consist of Four Season Vertical Farms, Aviary Habitats & Multiple Viewing Platforms with Sky Gardens.

 

The Taiwan Tower experience starts from the Educational Development [Museum Complex] on the ground level, visitors are forced to walk into the centralized courtyard which features
a 360m High Atrium Lobby that looks up the "Double-Tower". Giving the first impression of an ecological designed environment. Each Theme Museum [Past, Present & Future] will feature and exhibits the city's development including is history, urban design and planning. It is an interactive and flexible space that each museum is designed to attach a special entertainment facility, such as Outdoor Performing Stage, Water Plaza, Shops, Cafe and a Green House Complex. ​

Visitors continue the journey up and through the Ecological Environment [Vertical Farms & Aviary Habitats]. The elevator channels are designed to be located in-between the four-
season Vertical Farms and Aviary Habitats which allow visitors to experience the atmospherical effects while going up the tower.

International Design Competition – Honorable Mention, 2010
 
 
Taichung, Taiwan
 
Team:
Steven Ma
Emre Icdem
Xinyu Wan
San Liu
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