TAIWAN TOWER COMPETITION | TAICHUNG | TAIWAN
Client: Taichung City Council
Approximate budget: NT$4.034.033.218
Bamboo is one of the most efficient forms that exist in nature.
The relation between the strength and the quantity of material of a bamboo cane is extraordinary. Its tensile strength is similar to steel. The bamboo also echoes Oriental culture in general as well as Taiwan´s groundbreaking society in particular.
Our design for the Taiwan Tower competition is based on the bamboo structure to create an ecological, rational, economical and elegant proposal.
This is why all the elements are engendered with the same principles of a bamboo cane. For the Taiwan Tower, it is generated by three octagonal nodes every 100 meters high and progressively rotated 90°, so the truss between them is twisted to increase the strength. Prosperity, wealth, and confidence, all these are represented by the number eight of the octagon. All programmatic spaces are naturally located in the nodes. Inside this truss there is a cylindrical core for the vertical circulations. For the Museum of Taichung City Development and the Urban Development Offices, the same bamboo canes are placed on the ground on a sequence of structural vaults covered with organic soil generating an exciting wavy roof-garden.
On the one hand, in both the Tower and the Museum and Offices, the amount of structural material used is extremely small. On the other hand, bamboo could be considered as a symbol for the Taiwanese society as well as a testimony of nature’s sophistication and a example of a renewable natural resource.
Regarding the urban context, our proposal aims to completely integrate the site within the Taichung Gateway Park. This is why all programmatic spaces are placed underground to allow vegetation to take over the site plan. This way, these spaces do not compete with the Taiwan Tower in terms of iconic landmark, and take advantage of the extraordinary thermal properties of soil as a roofing material increasing energy saving to a maximum.