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

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
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. 

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has revealed their first ever building in Taiwan, a 163-meter apartment building close to the center of Taichung. Offering 110 apartments with views over Taichung City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center, the tower is composed of two towers connected by a central circulation core. The north tower is the taller section, with a geometric appearance that responds to the more built-up area to the north of the building. The south tower, which faces an area of smaller-scale residential buildings, features an expressive facade of translucent glass.

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Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Golf Club, in Changhua, Taiwan. 

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

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SANAA's 'Cloud Boxes' Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition

01:00 - 12 September, 2013
SANAA's 'Cloud Boxes' Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition, First Prize. Image Courtesy of SANAA via Taichung City Cultural Center
First Prize. Image Courtesy of SANAA via Taichung City Cultural Center

SANAA, it is. In attempts to separate itself from its sister cities, Taichung City has named SANAA, led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winners of an international competition that intends to unite a newly formed city. As of December 2010, Taichung city executed a mega-merger that increased its population from 1 million inhabitants to 2.5 million, encompassing the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung to the agricultural mountainside villages of Taichung County. As a result, the local government envisioned a new urban space that would place art at its core, celebrating the regions' disparate cultures. 

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM

01:00 - 29 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM, Courtesy of RMJM
Courtesy of RMJM

With arts and culture at the core of Taichung’s urban identity, and the vision to lead in innovation and technology, this design proposal by RMJM seeks to bring together these significant attributes in a building emblematic of Taichung’s achievements and vision. Located at the corner of Taichung Gateway Park, the project becomes an urban oasis and a vital link between existing communities and future urban development, providing a social and cultural focus and an arrival gateway to the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA, Courtesy of SZA
Courtesy of SZA

Designed by SZA (Studio za arhitekturu), their Taichung City Cultural Center proposal is a complex space structure. With its ground plan being 50 x 50 m, their concept creates an energetic, self-sufficiency throughout the project through a system of a vertical accordion and through an exchange of functional storeys and sustainable construction storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)

01:00 - 23 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team), Courtesy of BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)
Courtesy of BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)

Designed by BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team), their proposal for the new City Cultural Center grows from the earth, with the strength of the sea and mountains, to show to the world how Taiwan is; how Taichung is. The design uses this strength to configure an astonishing landscape architecture able to project the cultural center internationally. More images and architects' description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

The condition for this proposal by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition is very unique and original since two distinct buildings, library and fine arts museum, should coexist in one site. For the architectural design that fulfills this exclusive condition, the architects applied the notion of "Taiji", the verity of yin and yang that has existed since the ancient era of Chinese history. In this new design, the spatial arrangement of library and art museum are planned to confront and interact at the same time, giving the positive effect to each other. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung Cultural City Center Competition Entry / de Architekten Cie.

01:00 - 16 June, 2013
Taichung Cultural City Center Competition Entry / de Architekten Cie., Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.
Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.

The proposal for the Taichung Cultural City Center by de Architekten Cie. is composed of a well-defined system of voids as the museum and the library are designed as a flexible structure to be able to follow frequent changes in museum and library philosophy. Lifts and escalators are built into both buildings to provide an indubitable vertical communication and an evident orientation for future visitors. More images and architects' description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Comeptition Entry / Williamson Architects

01:00 - 14 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Comeptition Entry / Williamson Architects, Courtesy of Williamson Architects
Courtesy of Williamson Architects

Australia based Williamson Architects’ proposal for the City Cultural Center of Taichung, Taiwan aims to create a sculptural beauty that resurrects the romance of the architectural journey through a building. Driven by function, the building’s form is expressed in its own beauty to create not only a landmark public structure but also creating a catalyst drawing people and activity, beautifully connecting all strata of society. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch, Courtesy of Georges Batzios + Rena Sakellaridou, and Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH)
Courtesy of Georges Batzios + Rena Sakellaridou, and Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH)

Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled 'Calligraphic-scapes,' for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects' description after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / TheeAe LTD.

01:00 - 8 June, 2013
City Cultural Center Competition Entry / TheeAe LTD., Courtesy of TheeAe LTD.
Courtesy of TheeAe LTD.

Designed by TheeAe LTD., the main idea for their ‘Wooden Wave’ proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition was driven by its elements in historical buildings which have had its form of curve, wooden structure, prolonged canopies and so on. In respect of the past architecture, they believe change or new is not a sole creation from nothing, but rather evolution from the past. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / KAMJZ Architects

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
City Cultural Center Competition Entry / KAMJZ Architects, Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects
Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

This Taichung City Cultural Center proposal by KAMJZ Architects aims to present the possibility of using local features to protect  from the very location itself turning limiting factors into interesting project features. With an average annual precipitation of 2500 mm and the climate heavily influenced by the monsoon season Taiwan is a country which receives a lot of rainwater. Therefore, the architects are focusing on a local water management agenda, 'Water Damper Towers,' with their building as it’s showcase. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects planting diagram Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects +52

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Maxthreads

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Maxthreads, Courtesy of Maxthreads
Courtesy of Maxthreads

Designed by Maxthreads Architectural Design & Planning, their vision for the Taichung City Cultural Center is to create an unconventional and exceptional gathering space for visitors and inhabitants, animated by a public program. As the entry sequence into an urban fabric, this proposal reflects the new city’s philosophy of combining nature and innovative technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Culture Center Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
City Culture Center Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects, Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects
Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Designed by Kubota & Bachmann Architects, main purpose of their proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center (TCCC) is the integration of the Gateway Park and the best practice implementation of green architectural policies. Aiming to be the new landmark of Taichung, together with the Gateway Park and the Taiwan Tower, the architectural ambition of the TCCC/Gateway Park is nothing less than creating a world-leading model in sustainable architecture. More images and architects' description after the break.

'Breathing Architecture' Exhibition / WOHA

23:00 - 8 July, 2012
Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

WOHA‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to Taichung, Taiwan after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the Taichung Info-Box July 26-September 23, the exhibition features concepts of open structures which embrace aspects of community and permeability of form in response to climate and nature.

LiquidScapes / LEEAD Consulting

04:00 - 2 August, 2011
Courtesy LEEAD Consulting
Courtesy LEEAD Consulting

LEEAD Consulting entered the recent Taichung Gateway Park International Competition and while their proposal did not win, they have shared their design for our review. Images of their proposal, LiquidScapes, and a brief narrative are after the jump.

Astrium Nature Select Shop / Popular Architecture

17:00 - 22 January, 2011
Courtesy Popular Architecture
Courtesy Popular Architecture

Popular Architecture has shared with us their competition entry for the proposed Astrium Nature Select Shop in Taichung, Taiwan. While the Brooklyn based firm’s proposal did not win, the design provides an interesting aesthetic and retail solution. More images and a brief description after the jump.