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Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost

Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost
Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily “pulled the plug” on Sou Fujimoto’s ambitious Taiwan Tower, saying he would rather pay a penalty for breaking the contract than spend an estimated NT$15 billion to realize the “problematic” project. 

The Banyan tree-inspired tower was hoped to become the “Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower,” as well as a model for sustainable architecture by achieving LEED Gold with its energy producing features. Its steel superstructure, which proposed to hoist a triangular section of the Taichung Gateway Park’s greenbelt 300-meters into the air, intentionally had “no obvious form” and was to be perceived as a natural phenomenon. 

However, since Fujimoto’s competition-winning proposal was originally selected back in 2011, its budget has nearly doubled. And, as Chia-lung stated, safety concerns have also mounted. The mayor will be organizing a “special team” to review the project and come up with a replacement plan. 

© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

News via Taipei Times

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost" 20 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/589716/mayor-rejects-sou-fujimoto-s-taiwan-tower-over-fears-of-soaring-cost/>
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