The Taiwan Tower International Design Competition awarded Little, a Merit Award for its contribution in conceptual designs of a signature tower in Taichung, Taiwan. The emphasis on the competition is to provide a marker to symbolize Taiwan’s history and spirit at the Taichung Gateway Park, an international portal of Central Taiwan as a place for innovation, culture and biodiversity.
More information and images after the break.
The tower rises to a height of 368 meters (1,207 feet) above Taichung Gateway Park. The driving concept of Little’s development is a tower that symbolizes life, vibrancy and perpetual prosperity hoping to represent the cultural qualities Taiwan and visitors.
The metaphorical rain forest of the interior offers life and revitalization to the local community. The exoskeleton provides structural stability and incorporates platforms at various levels that mimic the Dadu mountain range. These “mountains” are linked by and include habitable vertical spaces of lush vegetation and sky gardens that serve toward cleansing the air. A photovoltaic canopy covers the building, providing an envelope for exploration for visitors to the building, as well as contributing to the energy needs to sustain the net zero development.
The tower is mixed use and designed to be self-sustaining. It includes a history and culture museum, offices for the Department of Urban Development of the Taichung City Government and a public observation and monitoring component that gives visitors a view of the city and local landscape.
Little has provided an animation to further explain and illustrate their conceptual design, you can watch it here.