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Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?
Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?, © BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest - and certainly greenest - "mountainous" housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green "landscape stripes" that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex's primarily older residents. 

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From the Architect. TLDC, a prominent land developer based in Taipei, has recently obtained license to turn what used to be an industrial and factory region into a world class beach resort. The site has great potential for spectacular views as it is located prominently against the coast and near the intersection of two river deltas. Taiwan's spine of mountains can be seen to the west while the ocean is to the east; Hualien city is to the north. 


For the resort masterplan, a language of green landscape stripes create a mountain terrain of commercial and residential program that echo the natural mountains in distance. The stripes run east-west to frame the best views while also becoming an optimal shading system for Taiwan's hot and humid tropical climate. Low-angle, high-glare morning and evening sun is effortlessly blocked by the stripes while favorable north-south light is allowed into the units. Green roofs further mitigate heat gain and combined with the striping create a low energy masterplan.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huágōng 1st Road, Jian Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 973
  • Architect in Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange
  • Project Director

    André Schmidt
  • Project Design Architect

    Cat Huang
  • Project Architect

    Min Ter Lim
  • Design Team

    Anu Leinonen, Eric Li, Andrew Lo, Camila Luise de Andrade Stadler, Hsiao Rou Huang, Junjie Yan, Song He, Christin Svensson, Eivor Davidsen, Chris Beaudin, Eduardo Camarena, Ambra Chiesa, Gwendoline Eveillard, Agnieszka Kwiecien, Andreas Mullertz, Johanna Nenander, Alberto Herzog Ruiz de Alegri, Richard John Seymour, Ying zhang, Dominik Mrozinski, Horia Spirescu, Lola Conte, Laura Wätte, Mathias Bank, Kasper Reimer Hansen, Jinho Lee
  • Collaborators

    RJ Wu, Arup, Glessner Group
  • Area

    120000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?" 07 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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W Fan · June 06, 2015

Remote country side with simple beauty in eastern Taiwan, Hualien is my hometown. We have special feelings to it.

I like green buildings. But turning my brain inside out, I just can't imagine any 'beauty" in this BIG's mountainous monster project.

Actually it is commercialized ugliness, not compatible with the simplicity of beautiful township. This project should be relocated to metropolitan Taipei, not here in Hualien.

Alan Tunoring · September 05, 2014

Reminds me of one of MAD's projects.

drunk person · June 10, 2014

I would love to climb all over this.

John Cous · April 15, 2014

??????????????..... ??????....

Taiwanese · April 09, 2014

This project goes much further than you thought. It is in the process of getting it built. So ask yourself, if this is built, will you want to visit?

Lou · June 08, 2014 05:28 PM

I may want to visit the circus when they are in town, doesn't mean I would like to live in it.

skills · April 08, 2014

Where is the section? Only the section will show if the proposal will work with apartment layouts - I am concerned about the deep floor plates required to achieve the overrall form/volume of the mountain cut-away.

karan · April 08, 2014

cant believe this green...

LM · April 08, 2014

Cant even begin to imagine the M&E routing

Oscar · April 08, 2014

I am exited about this project, but i really wonder who is going to take care of theses green walls and roofs. Or maybe it will just be dead yellow grass.

Chris · April 07, 2014

Underground jogging paths? okayy...

Jake Groth · April 07, 2014

The rendering from far away showing the context is very childish. I think the plan is kind of striking in terms of the grid. Very captivating spaces will be created in the design. I guess if clients keep buying, keep giving them the BIG 'product'.

alex · April 07, 2014

this is not an architecture!, in the world full of self proclaimed professionals, it is pretty hard to spot the real ones with this architectural 'selfies'..., if the point is to make a 'kardashian' approach, well, 'big' is pretty successful in that way!
other than being trendy, this is actually just a cheap banality portraying our profession as prosaic... sorry if i hurt someone's feelings

OPTICKALL GRaphic · May 16, 2015 06:40 AM

Siempre es facil decir lo que no es, lo complejo esta en definir , entonces; que si es arquitectura ?

Saludos y Respeto.

pablo · May 15, 2015 08:10 PM

show me your latest project so I can judge you against

jimmy · April 07, 2014

I wonder what studio lecturers are gonna say


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