Architect: tec Design Studio
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Partners in Charge: Sebastian Knorr, Heiko Ostmann
Project Managers: Samson Chua, Jens Niemann
Constructed Area: 26,900 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: © Hisao Suzuki
The Asia Paciﬁc region, an evolving hub for advanced technology and creative intelligence, beneﬁts from a unique juxtaposition of hi-tech development and natural environment. We seized this opportunity, investigating strategies that integrate the latter two and bring the human being back to the center of all deliberation.
In the case of the Inotera Headquarters in Taipei this is achieved by infusing hi-tech requirements with emotional content. The all glass façade, typical for standard ofﬁce buildings, is reinterpreted in light of Taiwan’s tradition of tile construction. Technology is thus explored in order to emulate cultural values and environmental aspects within a contemporary context. As there is no iconographic notion for the ‘Gestalt’ of hi-tech production and engineering facilities, the ofﬁ ce building allows for its own expression; hundreds of shapes and colors portrait the formal complexity of natural elements such as the leaves of trees or ripples of water. An intricate assemblage of printed glass utilizing the latest glass printing technologies, structural glass and glass curtain wall systems, articulates a building that seeks to deﬁ ne its unique identity while assimilating local customs. In contrast to the transparent ofﬁce structure, an attached fabrication facility provides a fantastic screen for a dada-esque ceramic tile composition that dilutes its scale by use of perspective geometries. Inotera Headquarters in Taipei combined with a fabrication facility aims at creating a sense of identiﬁcation, persona, and location for a new joint venture between a European and an Asian company. The structure’s working title “the culture lab” emphasizes its role in making the most of cultural differences while evoking the ambience of a social laboratory.
The building façades are used to explore the issue of fragmentation, the assembly of hundreds of colors and forms, such as tree branches and river streams, by exploiting modern technology. Nature is complex and so is architecture (literally its second nature) with all its maze-like interplays and weaves. Where as the ofﬁce facades feed off the transparency of glass, the production spaces draw on the opacity of ceramics. The building is drawing on technology, the basic tools of the trade, but most signiﬁcantly calling for human intervention to guide the process of architectural creation.
Aluminum wrapped steel for earthquake stabilization, weave the building to the ground.
Bring light and 3 dimensionality to the deep ofﬁce space on the upper ﬂoors.
Digitally synchronized design – manufacturing process Glass is ink jet printed and automatically sorted for installation. Variations of print are handled automatically by integrated process.
A composition of various shades of the same tone. 2 widths of panel x 4 heights x 6 shades of green (red) x 4 densities = 192 variations.